Japan Plans for Expected Manpower Shortage

Published in 1992 (Computer Jagat)

To overcome the expected shortage of a million IT professionals by the year 2000, companies in Japan have been advised to use subcontractors and train professionals in-house. Labor-saving investment is encouraged and the use of women, retired people and foreigners are also being promoted.

The Japanese government has    also    started   various projects to help ease the expected skills shortage. This includes training and development, certification of information processing engineers, setting up software centers, and the standardization of software development environment to increase productivity and quality of software.

According to a recent report by Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the information service industry in Japan recorded a turnover of US$42 billion in 1990. This is a 35% increase from 1989 and 8.8 times larger than in 1980.

The annual GNP growth of Japan is only around 6%. About 60% of the IT turnover was from software development, data processing services, facility management, and database services. The industry employed 458,000 persons in 1990. Systems engineers and programmers accounted for 60% of those employed in the industry. By year 2000, the information services industry in Japan will be worth US$115 billion. It is most likely that this target will be easily surpassed as the projected sales turnover for 1990 was a mere US$25 billion.

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