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Survey of Corporate Attitudes Toward Employment Trends in FY2023

63% plan to hire full-time employees, up for the second year in a row
— More than 80% of the medical and welfare industry plans to hire new employees —


The active opening rate has continued to rise since June 2022, rising to a rate of 1.45 as of December 2022, the highest since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect the market, and continued at a high level going into January of 2023.

According to a survey conducted by Teikoku Databank, the percentage of companies with labor shortages in February 2023 has remained high for six consecutive months, exceeding 50% for full-time employees and 30% for non-full-time employees.

In light of these trends, Teikoku Databank embarked on a survey to assess corporate attitudes toward employment trends in FY2023. This survey was conducted in conjunction with the February 2023 TDB Economic Trends Research.

*The survey was conducted from February 14 to February 28, 2023, covering 27,607 companies nationwide, with valid responses coming from 10,203 companies (response rate: 37.0%). Surveys on employment trends have been conducted annually since February 2005, and this marks the 19th time this survey has been conducted.

*Detailed data pertaining to this survey can be found on TDB Economic Online (

Primary points of survey results(summary)

  1. 1 63.0% of companies plan to hire full-time employees in FY2023
    63.0% of companies plan to hire full-time employees in FY2023 (up 0.8 points from the previous fiscal year), and 25.7% (or one in four companies) plan to increase their recruitment numbers. By size, “large companies” were extremely eager to hire at 86.3%. On the other hand, 26.1% of companies had no plans to hire (down 1.3 points from the previous fiscal year).
  2. 2 47.3% plan to hire non-full-time employees, up 1.0 point from the previous fiscal year
    The percentage of companies with plans to hire non-full-time employees rose for the second year in a row to 47.3% (up 1.0 point from the previous fiscal year). There were slightly more companies planning to increase their recruitment numbers compared to FY2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
  3. 3 More than 40% of the employees sought were for sales and marketing positions, and the types of positions being hired for were becoming more diversified across industries
    “Sales jobs” such as positions in sales and marketing was the occupational category most sought-after by companies (42.1%). This was followed by “professional/technical jobs” (33.9%) and “clerical jobs” (20.8%)
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