Choosing a Representative in Japan: Expat or Local Hire? As the Japanese energy market evolves, we’re seeing an increase in the number of multinational firms investing in the country, and setting up a local entity and creating a direct presence. Making a move to set up a local office is a big decision, and shows […]
For many years, the energy industry had certain perceptions about salary. That oil & gas pays higher than renewables; that multinational companies pay higher than Japanese firms; that large corporations are the best-paying players in the market. As the energy industry transitions and diversifies, subsidies and large-scale investment have flowed into new technologies across renewable
As Japan and the world transitions their energy mix from fossil fuels to renewables and new fuels, the workforce is transitioning as well. With new sectors such as offshore wind and hydrogen growing quickly, companies need to hire more people than experienced professionals exist in the market. With highly competitive tender processes and immature markets,
This year, Japan’s renewable energy labor market has retained its authentic trait of being largely candidate-driven. There is a shortage of candidates amid an abundance of job openings, in contrast to the situation in most developed economies with a strong renewable energy industry, such as the UK or Australia. The market structure is not the
It’s hardly a secret that hiring / recruitment in Japan is just as unique as the local culture, and very much in contrast to how things are done in the rest of the world. This of course means there’s going to be pitfalls and challenges, but also opportunities and advantages. In this column, I’d like
Corporate PPAs are big business these days. Developers, off-takers, traders, and utilities are all in to secure long-term, price-stable electricity that’s generated from renewable energy. First and foremost, this means they need to hire people who can formulate, facilitate and structure CPPA deals. The PPA sector is still a young industry, however, and there are
At the start of 2020, just as Japan was getting a new wave of overseas investment into the energy sector via the upcoming auctions for offshore wind, Covid-19 hit the world and locked down borders for over two years. Dozens of companies that planned to expatriate experienced talent were not able to do so, whereas
Last year was very interesting and eventful for the energy industry. The highlights include Japan’s fundamental shift in nuclear policy, the war in Ukraine, LNG shortages and record energy prices, a pause on Japan’s offshore wind auctions after a shock Round 1 result, as well as a major spotlight on co-firing with hydrogen and ammonia.