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Hays Quarterly Report: Japan's Supply Chain Sector Sees Jobs Growth, Strong Hiring Trend

Tokyo, Nov 6, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Businesses with supply chain needs in Japan are looking for professionals with strategic sourcing and international experience, as they focus on cost cutting through operational efficiency improvements. This is fuelling jobs growth and hiring market-wide.

This is just one of the findings of the latest Hays Quarterly Report, covering October to December 2012. The report analyses candidate and employer trends, while highlighting skills in demand.

For supply chain, demand is strong for the following roles:

-- Direct Procurement Managers, with a background in strategic sourcing and international experience, particularly related to buyer management.

-- Direct procurement candidates for Automotive and Electronics manufacturers, and Pharma and Life Technologies.

-- Indirect Procurement Managers and Specialists, including Direct Purchasing - both in-house and consultants.

-- Distribution centre and warehouse managers, particularly to manage process improvements and cost cutting.

-- Demand and Inventory Planners with forecasting, analytical and communication skills across apparel, FMCG, automotive and industrials, and pharma. Demand is expected to continue into next year.

Christine Wright, Hays Operations Director, Asia, said, "Businesses are increasingly international, and need candidates with relevant experience. Employers are looking for leadership, communication and language skills - particularly Japanese, English and Chinese. They also seek a track record of success in areas such as cost cutting.

At the same time, employers need to remain aware that with the demand pinch, skilled candidates often receive multiple offers and can expect a salary increase of 15 to 35%."

The Hays Supply Chain team in Japan represents in-depth knowledge of the industry, and has doubled in headcount over the past year due to the jobs growth and hiring trend.

To view the full Hays Quarterly Report, please go to

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About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.

Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK ("Hays") is the largest foreign recruitment company in Japan and operates across the private sector, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays has been in Japan for more than a decade, and boasts a track record of success and growth.

Hays is the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate specialist business units composed of professionals with experience and expertise in the sectors they cover. Hays Japan's thirteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Office Professionals, Property, Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain.

Hays is also the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate three local offices, serving the Kanto region from Akasaka and Shinjuku, and Kansai from central Osaka.

Hays Japan is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,800 staff operating from 245 offices across 33 countries.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.

Source: Hays

Keiko Asakura
Hays Japan
Marketing Manager
+81 3 3560 2813

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