Auto Industry in Fierce Competition over IT Professionals

Economy

Tokyo, March 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's automotive industry is in fierce competition over acquiring information technology professionals.

With the auto industry in the middle of a major change that comes only once in 100 years, companies are facing an urgent need to secure industry-ready employees capable of handling the fast-moving technological innovations, such as artificial intelligence.

Automakers that established research and development bases in rural areas of Japan in the past have newly created such bases in the Tokyo metropolitan area, where there is a high concentration of IT engineers.

According to the 2018 white paper on IT human resources by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency, an independent administrative agency, over 90 pct of responding companies either strongly or somewhat felt a lack of IT specialists.

Yoko Yoshida, head of the IT sales division of a major IT employment information website operated by Mynavi Corp., said that the companies looking for IT specialists have diversified during the past few years.

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