Over 80% of college seniors in Japan get job offers

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A total of 83.3 percent of university seniors in Japan who are due to graduate next March have secured job offers as of July 1, with the figure nearly returning to pre-pandemic levels, according to a recent survey.

The online survey by Recruit Co., operator of job information website Rikunabi, found the rate rose 2.8 percentage points from a year earlier, marking the second highest high after 85.1% in 2019.

Students attend a job fair at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in Tokyo in March 2022. (Kyodo)

The increase comes as companies are likely to be more willing to hire employees than during the period when the coronavirus began to spread, as a growing number of companies set management policies based on the pandemic. .

The information and communications sector was the most common industry in which students received job offers at 24.9%.

A total of 81.2% of liberal arts students and 88.3% of science and engineering departments got offers, according to the survey.

The percentage of students who got two or more job offers increased from the previous year to 62.7%, while those who declined offers stood at 57.8%, also higher than the previous year.

“There is a polarization between students who have received multiple job offers and those who have not received any,” a Recruit spokesperson said. “Many companies continue to actively seek candidates to fill the shortfall caused by the pandemic.”

The online survey gathered responses from 1,303 university students between July 1 and July 4.

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