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Abstract
Survey Number 0252
Survey Title Survey on Labor Matters among Information-related Companies, 2000
Depositor The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training
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Summary The recent rapid progress of the IT industry in Japan is believed to have an impact on corporate and employee behavior. The purpose of this research is to clarify the reality and issues with various aspects of labor (e.g., employment) in the information technology industry, which pilots the progress of IT among industries and has growth potential. The major items include changes in the number of full-time employees, required vocational capability, forecast for IT investment, conditions for recruitment, mid-career employment of middle-aged and older personnel, conditions for turnovers, career patterns, education, and training.
Universe Companies with more than 10 employees in the software industry, information processing service industry, and information providing services industry
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size 1,536 effective responses (response ratio is 20.7%)
Time Period 2000/12/01
Spatial Unit Nationwide
Sampling Procedure Complete enumeration for 7,413 companies that have the abovementioned universe
Mode of Data Collection Questionnaires were distributed and returned by mail. Follow-up reminder cards were sent once.
Investigator The Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training. Research operation conducted by Mitsui Knowledge Industry.
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Joho kanren kigyo no rodomen ni tsuiteno jittai chosa hokokusho [Report on the survey of labor aspects in the information technology industry], 2001, The Japan Institute of Labour Policy and Training.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Questionnaire Items:

(1) Increase/decrease in the number of full-time employees: Increase/decrease by occupation (results and forecast), method of initiating hiring cutbacks and decreasing the ratio of full-time employees, method of hiring and increasing the ratio of full-time employees, capabilities required with specific occupations, and if the company of the respondent (R, hereafter) introduced hiring cutbacks as a method to downsize and decrease the number of employees.

(2) Progress of IT usage and forecast of IT investment

(3) Conditions for recruitment: Number of new recruits in three years, ratio of the actual number of new recruits out of the desired number of new recruits, reasons for being unable to hire the desired number of new recruits, forecast of a shortage in human resources in certain occupations, and influence of being unable to hire a certain number of employees. If R's company has an upper age limit for applicants: The reason for setting this upper age limit, recruiting policy in an aging society, reason for not setting an upper age limit, important conditions for recruitment, occupations that hire a high ratio of mid-career employees, and the ratio of the number of employees who can immediately begin work.

(4) Mid-career employment: Ratio of mid-career employees out of the new recruits, reasons why the number of new graduates is small, intention to increase/decrease the ratio of mid-career employment in the future, reasons for increasing/decreasing mid-career employment, and methods for mid-career recruitment. If R's company hired middle-aged and older personnel in the last three years: Occupations of the hired middle-aged and older personnel, and reasons for hiring middle-aged and older personnel. If R's company hired personnel from other industries in the last three years, what were the reasons for hiring these personnel.

(5) Turnover of the employees: Number of retired employees and involuntary retirement in the last three years, number of years of employment of retired employees, and later career path of retired employees.

(6) Career pattern: Number of years of experience required by a newly hired engineer to become a professional/project leader; relation between the occupational capability and age of an engineer; any educational/training opportunity, besides the OJT; the total number of days of the training; junior system engineers' occupation after 10-20 years; and the imbalance between ages by occupation.

Face items:

Sales in the fiscal year of 1999, and its rate of increase compared with the sales of 1996; founding year; services provided; services that contribute to sales and will be expanded; points that appeal to sales and marketing (concrete cost-cutting effectiveness for appeal); personnel structure; number of employees; number of temporary workers; number of dispatched workers from other companies; number of male workers; age demographic; education; and occupational composition.
Date of Release 2002/10/28
Version Registered on October 28, 2002
Topics Information/Communication/MassMedia
Employment/Labor
Notes for Users Data sets are written in Japanese.