Japan desperately short of IT professionals; Vietnam has many

14:56 | 10/10/2018 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The shortage of information technology (IT) engineers in Japan offers cooperation opportunities for Japanese and Vietnamese companies and professionals.

japan desperately short of it professionals vietnam has many
Japan is a big market for Vietnamese IT enterprises

High workforce demand

In recent years, the demand for technology engineers in Japan has grown rapidly, while the supply has tended to decline, resulting in shortages of IT professionals. According to a survey by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan is short of 171,000 engineers and is forecast to lack 369,000 engineers, including 48,000 engineers in the fields of internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics, by 2020.

On Japan ICT Day 2018 held recently by the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) and the Vietnam-Japan IT Cooperation Club (VJC), Hironobu Kitagawa, Chief Representative of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Hanoi said Japan has identified Vietnam as one of the potential markets for investment in and attraction of IT human resources. Japan has invested in 54 IT projects in Vietnam, and the investment wave of Japanese enterprises is expected to grow.

VINASA Vice President Nguyen Doan Hung told Vietnam Economic News that the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0 with such new technologies as IoT, AI, Big Data and digitalization, changes in business and cooperation models, and abundant Vietnamese human resources will open up big opportunities for cooperation between Vietnamese and Japanese firms.

Taking opportunities

The Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications assesses that Japan is still a big market for Vietnamese IT companies. Most Vietnamese software companies have generated increasing revenues from outsourcing and exporting software to Japan. A VINASA survey showed that over the past few years, cooperation between Vietnamese and Japanese IT companies has changed dramatically.

VINASA Vice President Nguyen Doan Hung said a young workforce that is willing to learn is Vietnam’s biggest advantage in IT cooperation with Japan. Some 290 universities and colleges in Vietnam train about 55,000 IT students annually. The US’ HackerRank website ranks Vietnam first in Southeast Asia and 23rd in the world in terms of software developer capability.

Rikkeisoft President Ta Son Tung said Vietnam should train more IT engineers who are good at both technology and Japanese language. There are several universities offering both IT and Japanese courses in Vietnam, including FPT University, the Hanoi University of Technology, and the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, he said. Japanese companies are expected to work with Vietnamese partners to develop IT human resources, he added.

JETRO Chief Representative in Hanoi Hironobu Kitagawa said Japanese enterprises eye Vietnamese IT engineers

as a solution to their workforce shortages.

Quynh Nga