Nov 19, 2015

Starting salary up for second straight year in Japan

The average monthly starting salary for new university graduates in Japan in 2015 rose 0.8 percent from the previous year to ¥202,000, up for the second straight year, the labor ministry said Thursday. Wages started increasing at not only major companies but also small ...

Nov 12, 2015

Jobs agency plans service for disabled athletes

Staffing agency Randstad K.K. plans to launch a personnel placement service for disabled athletes aiming to compete in the Paralympic Games and who want employment. Randstad has set up a team in expectation of growing demand from companies seeking to burnish their corporate images ...

Nov 9, 2015

Keidanren to OK June start for annual corporate recruitment drives

Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) will allow member firms in 2016 to launch their annual graduate recruitment drives in June, rather than August, Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara said Monday. The move comes just after the nation’s biggest business lobby decided earlier this year to delay the ...

U.S. jobs report bolsters case for Fed rate hike

Nov 7, 2015

U.S. jobs report bolsters case for Fed rate hike

U.S. job growth surged in October and the unemployment rate hit a 7½-year low of 5 percent in a show of economic strength that makes it much more likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in December. Nonfarm payrolls increased 271,000 last month, ...

Nov 1, 2015

China's manufacturing contracts for third straight month

China’s manufacturing contracted for the third consecutive month in October in a sign of weakness in the world’s second-largest economy. The National Bureau of Statistics said Sunday that China’s purchasing managers’ index was 49.8 for October, the same figure as September. A PMI reading ...

Japan's job availability jumps to highest level in 23 years

Oct 30, 2015

Japan's job availability jumps to highest level in 23 years

Japan’s job availability continued to improve for the third straight month in September to hit its highest level in over 23 years, further indicating that companies need more workers, the government said Friday. The ratio of job offers to job-seekers rose to 1.24 in ...

Oct 28, 2015

Niigata city plans IT hub, with tax perks, to attract foreign firms

The city of Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture is planning to establish an information technology center for foreign companies as a local revitalization measure, Jiji Press learned Tuesday. This will be the first IT hub in Japan mainly targeting foreign firms, according to Minamiuonuma municipal ...

Oct 25, 2015

Job recruiters might come knocking in June, not August: Keidanren

Keidanren might let member firms start recruiting university prospects in June rather than August, allowing them to target students set to graduate in spring 2017, informed sources said Sunday. The proposal comes after the nation’s largest business lobby, also known as the Japan Business ...