The Reasons Behind Kansai Relocations: Survey Results from Hays 56 per cent move for work; 76 per cent who move plan to remain. Tokyo, May 10, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Recruiting experts Hays have surveyed over 200 people who have relocated from Kanto/Tokyo to Kansai/West Japan within the past ten years, and found that over half (56 per cent) made the move as a result of a work transfer. According to the survey, other reasons for the relocation include a career change (23 per cent), a desire to return to one's place of birth (11 per cent) and family factors such as a marriage, the birth of a child or elderly parents (7 per cent). Only 4 per cent of respondents cited last year's earthquake and its aftermath as their reason for relocating. The survey points to the many advantages of the region, the biggest of which is an easier commute (48 per cent), followed by friendlier people (28 per cent), more free time (9 per cent) and the opportunity to learn about the unique local culture (8 per cent). But respondents also reported challenges, such as the lack of professional development, the difficulty outsiders face in entering the local market, and the obstacles in adjusting to the unique local culture. Nevertheless, of those who have relocated, 76 per cent plan to remain in the region for some time. Survey respondents noted an improved work/life balance, cheaper living costs, and improved local cuisine as advantages. Almost half (46 per cent) said that their work/life balance improved following their move. "Kansai has become a popular choice for people looking to relocate from Tokyo," said Christine Wright, Hays Operations Director, Asia. "As our survey shows, it offers an improved work/life balance, increased family time and a unique local culture. "As well as these lifestyle benefits, Kansai offers many opportunities for career advancement. A range of organisations have relocated out of the capital to Kansai, leading to improved job opportunities and prospects for career development in the region. "The economy in the Osaka/Kansai region has been doing well. After last year's earthquake we saw an increase in the number of jobs available in Kansai/West Japan and solid career opportunities are still on offer. In fact, between February and July 2011, we experienced an 80 per cent increase in the number of jobs registered in the Kansai region, and a 70 per cent increase in the number of candidates looking for a new job in that region. Skills in demand in Kansai According to Hays, the following six skills are currently in most demand by employers in Kansai: 1. Marketing (CRM) 2. Bilingual HR Managers 3. Production Technology professionals 4. Quality Management professionals 5. Mid-Level IT Sales professionals (hardware and software) 6. Clinical Research Associates The full results of the survey are: 1. What made you move to Kansai? (multiple answers allowed) A) Work (Transfer) 56% B) Work (Changed careers) 23% C) Work (Restructuring) 1% D) Marriage/Child birth 7% E) Elderly parents 7% F) Work/life balance 5% G) Return to place of birth/hometown 11% H) Earthquake and its aftermath 4% 2. What do you think is the biggest advantage of working in Kansai? (multiple answers allowed) A) It is easier to commute in Kansai 48% B) I feel I have more time for myself 9% C) People in Kansai are friendlier 28% D) People and businesses in Kansai are more tied to the local market, and it is an opportunity to learn about a unique culture 8% E) Other 9% 3. What do you think the biggest disadvantage of working in Kansai? (multiple answers allowed) A) There aren't many industry events/seminars/learning opportunities 50% B) People and businesses in Kansai are more tied to the local market, so it is hard for outsiders to access 15% C) It is hard to adjust to the unique local culture 19% D) Other 17% 4. Based on your experience in Tokyo, what do you think of the work-life balance in the Kansai region? A) Better 46% B) Worse 26% C) No Change 29% 5. Overall, what was the biggest gain in moving to Kansai? Some verbatim/topics include: - "Better food/local cuisine" - "Cost of living is cheaper compared to living in Kanto" - "Much better work/life balance" - "I can relax more in Kansai" 6. Do you plan to stay in the Kansai region for a while? A) Yes 76% B) No 7% C) I don't know 18% About Hays Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. Hays Specialist Recruitment Japan KK ("Hays Japan") operates across the private sector, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays Japan is the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate specialist business units composed of professionals with experience and expertise in the sectors they cover. Hays Japan's thirteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Office Professionals, Property, Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain. Hays Japan is also the only foreign recruitment company in Japan to operate three local offices, serving the Kanto region from Akasaka and Shinjuku, and Kansai from central Osaka. Hays Japan is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,988 staff operating from 247 offices across 31 countries. Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, United Kingdom and USA. Contact: Keiko Asakura Hays Japan Marketing Manager +81 3 3560 2813 Keiko.Asakura@hays.co.jp Hays Copyright 2012 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. Provider ID: 00009376
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