28% of Japanese companies seek to hire more employees
This was a finding by the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training, which conducted a survey that also showed that 63.5% of companies intend to keep employee numbers unchanged, while the remaining 8.5% of companies expect their staff strength to drop.
By sector, 48.1% in the telecommunications sector expect their workforce to expand. In the restaurant and hotel industry, 40.2% also said they intend to hire more employees. However, 12.9% of retailers and 12.1% of transportation companies expect the number of their staff to fall.
Many companies are facing a labour shortage but the employment outlook remains uncertain amid concern about a resurgence of coronavirus infections, said a researcher at the institute.
About 3,700 companies responded to the survey, which sought to measure the impact of the pandemic. The survey was conducted in June, according to NHK.
Data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications Japan’s showed that the labour force participation rate fell to 62.40% in August from 62.50% month-on-month. In August, the number of employed persons in the country was about 68.66 million, according to the Japan Statistics Bureau.