A total of 80.5 percent of senior college students in Japan who are scheduled to graduate next March have obtained job offers as of July 1, an improvement over last year when job search was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey.
The online survey by Recruit Co., the operator of Rikunabi's job information website, showed the figure was 7.3 percentage points higher than 73.2 percent in the same period in 2020, when the selection process was delayed due to to the spread of virus infections.
Job seekers head to an information fair in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on March 1, 2021. (Kyodo)
However, the rate was slightly lower than 85.1 percent in the same period in 2019 before the virus outbreak, as more students, especially those living in rural areas, aspire to become civil servants, perceived as a stable job amidst the pandemic, Recruit said.
The selection process for civil servants often begins after the summer, and the survey was conducted earlier this month, with 1,045 university students responding, according to the Tokyo-based company.
Recruit said the rate of students in the Tokyo-centered Kanto region who want to work as civil servants was 8.6 percent, almost unchanged from the 2020 graduate figure.
On the other hand, in rural areas far from the main cities of Tokyo, Osaka in the Kinki region, and Nagoya in the Chubu region, 18.8 percent of senior college students said they intend to become civil servants. , 8.6 percentage points more than the figure. for students who graduated in the spring of 2020.
Reflecting that trend, 77.7 percent of college seniors in areas outside the Kanto, Chubu, and Kinki regions obtained job offers as of July 1, down from 87.2 percent in the same period. in 2019.
Zen Masumoto, director of the Recruit research institute, said: "Students without job offers may be concerned, but there have been many college students who received job offers after July. I hope they can find a company that is a good fit for them. ".