Half of All Professionals Doubtful of Their Progression Prospect

Half of All Professionals Doubtful of Their Progression Prospects 
Tokyo, Sept 12, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Half of all bilingual professionals in
Japan are unsatisfied with the progression opportunities offered by their
current companies according to the Robert Walters Employee Insights Survey. And
when considering new job openings, a set pathway to promotion ranks the highest
amongst respondents, followed by opportunities for internal transfers locally
or abroad. The 2013 Survey examined worker sentiment on career progression and
international opportunities in a rapidly globalising Japanese market. 
Rises in the number of new and replacement openings in Japan has created
stronger worker sentiment and movement of professionals between companies. This
activity is placing pressure on employers to not only attract, but also retain
talented professionals. 
According to the Survey, over half of respondents feel their current
progression opportunities are either weak (30.5%) or very weak (26.2%). In
contrast, less than one in ten workers would rate their advancement chances
strong (7.6%) or very strong (2.1%). One third of professionals (33.7%) feel
their opportunities are adequate. 
Nathaniel Pemberton, Associate Director for Robert Walters Osaka comments:
"With low confidence for their advancement prospects, professionals will
increasingly look to outside companies to further their careers. This is a
troubling sign for employers as they will need to reengage and reward their
current staff to retain strong performers." 
The Survey also examined what type of career progression is most influential
when workers consider a new job opportunity. Amongst the respondents, a set
pathway to promotion is the most influential (41.1%). Companies that provide
transfers to other offices whether in Japan or abroad also rank highly (31.2%),
followed by employers that offer education and training programmes (25.5%). The
least influential reason for joining a firm is whether a potential employer
offers secondments to other departments (2.2%). 
Pemberton said:
"Attracting staff to your organisation does not necessarily require
strong financial incentives. More workers are taking a long-term view for their
careers, so unsurprisingly many favour a transparent promotion structure that
provides concrete goals to work toward. Internal mobility and training
initiatives also rank highly amongst respondents, which is indicative of job
seekers looking to position their careers favourably for the future." 
Download the full Employee Insights Survey 2013 report at

How would you rate your company's current career progression
-- Very strong   2.1%
-- Strong        7.6%
-- Adequate     33.7%
-- Weak         30.5%
-- Very weak    26.2%
What type of career progression is most influential when you are considering
a new job opportunity?
-- Set pathway to promotion                   41.1%
-- Internal mobility (nationally or overseas) 31.2%
-- Education and training                     25.5%
-- Secondments to other departments            2.2%

About the Employee Insights Survey 
The Robert Walters 2013 Employee Insights Survey provides a unique snapshot
into worker sentiment in Japan. This edition polled over 580 professionals and
examines their motivations and concerns in a rapidly globalising Japanese
About Robert Walters PLC 
Robert Walters is Japan's most trusted specialist recruiter for global
business. We use our distinct advantages of size, proven track record and
unparalleled global network across 24 countries in 53 offices worldwide to
provide permanent and contract recruitment solutions across all industry
sectors and levels of seniority. www.robertwalters.co.jp 
Cyna Bosworth, Marketing Manager
t: +81 (0)3 4570 1622
e: cyna.bosworth@robertwalters.co.jp 
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