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Demand for IT professionals continues to grow in Japan, but lower pay makes the sector less attractive to midcareer job hoppers.

Low IT pay stifles Japan's digital transformation

Companies slow to ditch seniority system, shift to skills-based hiring

MOTOKAZU MATSUI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Japanese companies face a serious shortage of skilled tech professionals as rigid seniority systems prevent them offering the kind of pay and packages likely to lure younger IT engineers and other experts.

Data from a major Japanese staffing agency shows that the so-called jobs-to-applicants ratio for IT professionals reached 10 late last year, higher than any other role and underscoring the size of the tech recruiting challenge confronting the country.

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