Half of those surveyed in emerging countries and the US said there is an increasing need for students of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.


Some 71.1% of respondents globally and 58% in Japan agree with this statement: "More students should focus on a career in STEM."

Randstad Workmonitor Wave 4, 2015

Global HR service provider Randstad Holding nv (headquartered in Diemen, Netherlands, CEO Jacques van den Broek) has announced the results of its labor market survey, Randstad Workmonitor Wave 4, conducted in the fourth quarter of 2015. The survey was carried out in 34 countries, with respondents aged 18-65 who work more than 24 hours per week. This press release focuses on work and technology.

Among the countries surveyed, Japan is least equipped for the digitalization of work.

In recent years, the discrepancy between the talent that companies want to employ and the talent that schools produce has been an issue worldwide. Of particular concern are people's lack of STEM skills and the number of STEM profiles. Resolving this requires rapid cooperation among industry, academia, and government. Last year, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology initiated actions to boost the quality and quantity of STEM profiles with the establishment of a strategy for the development of science and technology profiles. However, a low awareness of science and technology among Japanese workers remains, resulting in a large gap between Japan's level of awareness and the global average.

Key results from Randstad Workmonitor Wave 4, 2015
• Globally, 45.9% of respondents agreed with this statement: "My employer has an increasing need for STEM profiles." Countries in Asia, South America, Central America, and the US had similar results.

• Globally, 71.1% of respondents agreed with this statement: "More students should focus on a career in STEM." More than 70% of respondents in Asia, North America, South America, Central America, and southern Europe agreed. However, 58% of employees in Japan agreed, placing the country fifth from bottom of a ranking of the countries surveyed.

• In Japan, 42.5% of respondents said they "feel equipped to deal with digitalization in their job." This is an extremely low figure in comparison to that of other countries surveyed, and shows a low level of technological awareness.


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