Recruitment interviews for university students graduating next spring will start on June 6 under government rules. However, against the backdrop of a shortage of human resources, an increasing number of companies are conducting recruitment activities ahead of schedule, and the job offer rate of university students has already exceeded 1%.
Job interviews for university and graduate students graduating next spring will begin on June 6 under rules set by the government.
According to an announcement by a major information service company in late April, the job openings-to-applicants ratio was 1.4, 1.71 points higher than the 1.58 times in the same period last year.
With the recovery from the Corona disaster, companies' willingness to hire has become remarkable, and the movement of job offers is spreading, not only in the construction and retail industries, where labor shortages continue, but also in small and medium-sized enterprises.
Against the backdrop of this shortage of human resources, an increasing number of companies are conducting job interviews ahead of schedule before the start date under government rules, and the rate of job offers for university students was 0
13.5% as of mid-May, up 7.2 percentage points from the same period last year.
Takashi Kurita*Yoshi, director of the Recruit Shushoku Mirai Research Institute, points out that "companies are highly motivated to hire and offer job offers early in order not to fall behind the economic recovery phase.
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The job offer rate is the highest in four years
This year's job offer rate is the highest in four years.
According to a survey conducted by Recruit of university students graduating next spring, the offer rate was 4.72% as of the middle of last month.
This is 1.6 points higher than the same period last year and the highest level in the last four years since 7, when we began counting for this period.
In addition, 2020.4% of students said they received a job offer from two or more companies, 2.58 points higher than the same time last year.
On the other hand, when asked about the industries of companies that received job offers in multiple responses, the most common answer was the information and communications industry at 6.2%, which is a higher level than other industries.
This suggests that companies are actively recruiting ahead of schedule against the backdrop of a shortage of human resources such as IT-related engineers.
This was followed by the electronics and automobile industries, as well as the food and cosmetics manufacturing sectors, at 3.29%.
The next highest percentage was in the service industry at 3.15%.
In addition, when divided between humanities and sciences, 1.14% of the respondents studied the sciences compared to 2.70% of the humanities, indicating the fierce competition among companies for the acquisition of so-called science human resources.
The rules of recruitment activities of companies are
The rules for corporate recruitment activities are being reviewed, including revisions, at government meetings.
In the past, Keidanren had established guidelines as guidelines, but it was decided not to formulate guidelines for students who graduated in the spring.
After that, the rules are decided at government meetings with representatives from the business community and universities.
Regarding recruitment activities for the current fourth-year students, who will graduate next spring, it has been decided that PR activities such as company information sessions will begin in March, recruitment interviews will be conducted after June, and job offers will be made after October.
However, this rule is positioned as a form of request to companies, and in reality, there is an increasing movement among companies to bring forward recruitment activities.
Against this backdrop, government meetings are considering the matter, including a review of the rules.
At the most recent meeting in November last year, it was decided that interviews would begin after June of the previous year for recruitment activities for the current third-year students who will graduate next spring, but for the spring of 4 and beyond, discussions will be held at government meetings in the future, taking into account the diversification of corporate recruitment and career paths.
Separately, in April, the government announced a policy of bringing the start of interviews forward by about three months to spring break or later for current second-year students graduating in the spring of 3 who are judged by the company to be highly specialized through internships of two weeks or more.
"Rules and Facts"
Takashi Kurita*Yoshi, director of the Recruit Shushoku Mirai Research Institute, pointed out that the current situation in which recruitment activities are being brought forward is progressing, saying, "In order not to fall behind the economic recovery phase, the motivation to hire young human resources in particular has become extremely high.
On top of that, regarding future recruitment activities, he said, "I don't think the labor shortage will change over the medium to long term, so I think this situation will continue for a while.
In addition, regarding online recruitment interviews, which have spread due to the Corona disaster, he stated that "companies and students have become an effective tool because of mutual advantages such as cost and other benefits," and expressed the view that they will continue to be used along with face-to-face interviews.
On the other hand, regarding the movement among students to decline job offers after receiving job offers from multiple companies, he said, "There is a good possibility that the number of declines in job offers and selection will increase in the future."