Job situation stays favorable for students

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Nearly 20 percent of job-hunting university students secured informal offers of employment next spring as of April 1 this year, a private survey showed.

The share of such students rose 5.4 percentage points from a year before to 19.9 percent, according to the survey by Recruit Career Co.

Given that this year’s job-hunting season began only on March 1, the survey result indicates that the employment situation remains in favor of job-seeking students.

“Labor shortages are boosting companies’ appetite for hiring,” a Recruit Career official said. In particular, information technology-related and staffing companies are providing informal jobs offers early, Recruit Career said.

Diversified hiring practices are also apparently prompting companies to make informal job offers early as they create increased opportunities for contacts between businesses and students.

A different survey conducted in February-March by job information provider Mynavi Corp. showed that the number of university students that businesses plan to hire in spring next year was 16.8 percent higher than that of students they hired this spring.

Increased hiring is occurring mainly in sectors seeing serious labor shortages, including infrastructure, manufacturing, retailing and construction.

The number of students companies planned to hire in spring 2018 exceeded that of those hired a year before by 17.8 percent, but the number of students who actually entered the companies was up only 2.4 percent.Speech

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