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[Herald Interview] Do you want a job? Technical skills are essential

The ongoing pandemic has brought about a significant shift in South Korea’s job market, where technological skills such as data visualization and coding – not necessarily academic background – have become paramount qualities companies seek in job seekers.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed caused enormous polarization in the local labor market. Job seekers who have majored in the liberal arts or business have a hard time finding vacancies, while computer science majors are easily hired, ”said Kyle Jeon, director of the management group. client relationship at Manpower Korea.

“Every industry will turn into IT plus something, like IT plus logistics or IT plus the restaurant industry. Traditional industries are poised to survive – either they are undergoing radical digitalization or they are pushed back by new tech startups, ”added Jeon.

With the economy recovering, companies are hiring more people to speed up the digitization of their works.

“80% of our clients, recruiting companies, are looking to hire in manufacturing, retail, IT and healthcare. The industry that posted the strongest recovery in recruitment was manufacturing. In particular, the semiconductor industry has started to hire a lot of engineers to deal with global chip shortages, ”Jeon said.

Aside from the IT industry which has historically been the hiring center for developers, the food and fashion industries in the retail sector have shown particular interest in recruiting IT workers, according to Jeon.

As people stay home more due to social distancing measures, food companies making pre-cooked meals and providing fresh ingredients have exploded throughout the pandemic. At the same time, these companies have been under pressure to further digitize their sales channels by using big data and artificial intelligence to analyze and anticipate consumption patterns.

The fashion industry is striving to catch up with the fast fashion focused on the rapid production of fashionable clothes. Thanks to digital, fashion brands aim to minimize remaining stocks and anticipate new demands in advance.

“Even the organic and healthcare industries are experiencing a growing demand for IT workers. Sometimes we can’t even tell if it’s an IT or healthcare company, ”Jeon said.

As working from home becomes the new normal, companies prefer to assess work capacity during the hiring process.

Following the new trend, Manpower Korea established a customer relationship management unit in 2020 that focuses on proactively securing new customers and providing business solutions to recruiting companies.

According to Jeon, in order to retain Manpower Korea’s existing customers, the company offers them an in-depth analysis of the current market trend and ways to hire the best candidates at low cost that match the lifecycle of the client company.

Manpower Korea is a Korean subsidiary of a global human resources company Manpower Group, which deals with head hiring, employment outsourcing and human resources, serving the needs of more than 900 domestic clients. and foreigners.

By Byun Hye-jin ([email protected])