Placement Consultants in Japan

Historically, the role of Placement Consultants in Japan was almost inexistent until 1990s when people started considering the option of job change and thus made way for the placement agencies. Before that recruitment was a direct affair where companies hired fresh candidates from college/universities. An average Japanese employee would stick to a single company till retirement. Things have changed however, and now employees seek occasional job change for faster promotions and other benefits. Following the trend, the number of placement consultants in Japan has also gone up in recent years.

Placement or recruitment in Japan until very recently had been a government monopoly. However, the government employment services have been unable to meet demands for highly skilled/technical experts sought by private firms. At present there are around 800 recruiting firms in Japan and a major portion of them are placement agencies or consultants.

The placement consultants in Japan do not however search for prospective candidates themselves. Their main role is to launch or introduce a specific candidate to the employers. In order to be hired by the top companies, one has to register with the placement consultancies, or respond to an occasional advertisement put up by the agency.

There is another type of placement agencies operational in Japan. These agencies are called Outplacement Agencies. Their function is to re-recruit employees who could no longer be maintained by a company. They train, assist and then find an alternative job for the particular employee.

The rest of the bunch mainly includes offices of global recruitment agencies based in US, UK or in other countries of Asia. Along with placement services the agencies help in various other ways including market research, training, consulting etc. Also, these agencies provide basic training in Japanese language to foreign nationals.

There are a number of placement agencies in Japan. Given below is a list of some of the top placement agencies in Japan along with contact details:

1. Name: A-TEN Associates
Address: The Tokyo Minato-Ku
3-20-5, Toranomon
Sengoku Mountain annex 105
Tokyo, Japan.
Phone no: (03) 5425-7788
Fax: (03) 5425-7792
Specialization: Financial

2. Name: Access Technology, Japan K.K.
Address: Toho Building, 6TH Floor
2-5-1 Akasaka Minato-Ku
Tokyo, 107-0052
Phone No.: +81 3 3588 8835
Fax: +81 3 3588 0899
Specialization: IT

3. Name: JDV International Inc.
Address: Tokyo Sankei Building, Level 27
1-7-2 Otemachi
Chiyoda- ku,
Tokyo- 100-0004
Phone no.: +81 3 3242 6298
Fax: +81 3 3242 6299
Specialization: IT and Technical

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