Science, engineering majors in high demand in Japan
Survey shows companies want nearly 15% more next spring
TOKYO -- The march of technological innovation, including the Industry 4.0 trend in manufacturing, is lifting Japanese demand for new university graduates with majors in science and engineering.
Companies plan to take on 24,663 in the spring of 2018, according to a new Nikkei Inc. survey -- up 14.8% on the year. This outpaces the year-earlier 11.2% rise and marks a fourth straight year of double-digit growth.
Mitsubishi Electric, which plans to hold hiring steady at 650, ranked No. 1 for the eighth year in a row. It is working to secure talent needed to apply "internet of things" technology and artificial intelligence to industrial robots.
Engineer staffing company Meitec came in second, with its planned hiring up 14.1% at 590. On top of a generally tight labor market, demand for science and engineering majors is strong among manufacturers and information technology companies cultivating AI and autonomous driving technologies. Staffing company Outsourcing also seeks to increase hires of such majors, by 26.9% to 495. It will eliminate the conventional separation of manufacturing and technology categories to cast a wider net.
The Nidec group, which has been expanding via acquisitions, will increase hiring by more than 50% and crack the top 10. Weighed down by a shortage of research and development staffers, the maker of precision motors is airing television commercials to improve its name recognition.
Seventh-ranked Sugi Pharmacy is seeking more pharmacists, registered dietitians and store workers as it works to increase the store count by around 40% to 1,500 by 2020. The Sugi Holdings unit plans to expand its internship program.