Pasona in Japan to introduce telecommuting for overseas IT talent



Japanese recruiting firm Pasona Group Inc. has announced that it will launch a service next month focused on introducing Japanese companies to overseas computer engineers who will be working remotely from their homes despite travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On November 1, Pasona will launch its cross-border remote human resources service, covering highly skilled people in the IT field in countries such as India, South Korea and Vietnam, according to a press release last Tuesday.

The recruiting agency said it aims to connect around 300 IT professionals to companies in Japan over a three-year period. Tasks such as developing smartphone apps and creating websites will be given to these workers directly by companies in Japan or through local Pasona offices, according to the company.

By 2030, Japan is expected to face a shortage of up to 790,000 computer scientists, according to a 2019 survey conducted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

As interest in recruiting foreign talent by Japanese-based companies grows, travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic have prevented domestic companies from bringing in workers from overseas, Pasona says .

The recruiting company said it primarily targets IT talent in Asian markets where it already has a presence or is considering expansion, working with local science universities to secure staff.

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