Technology, or in simpler terms, IT which was once an industry has now become a social infrastructure in Japan. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the importance of technology in our daily lives. Based on a report from Yano Research Institute, the scale of the IT industry in Japan is equivalent to ¥12.3 trillion in 2021 and is estimated to grow continuously in the coming years.

With the potential of the IT sector in Japan, this leads to a demand in talent which will cause an upward pressure on salaries. How does this affect foreigners working in the IT sector and what is the demand looking like for local IT professionals in Japan?


Working in the IT sector as a foreigner

If you are a foreigner or non-native Japanese speaker working or searching for a job in Japan, IT and technology is likely one of best industries to enter. This is mainly because of the following, but not limited to:

  • While the demand for skilled IT talent never stops increasing, Japan is suffering from a lack of skilled workforce due to its aging population;
  • IT and technology companies are mainly made up of start-ups and gaishi-kei companies, which are often less traditional and hierarchal – meaning a better culture fit for you;
  • It’s not a big issue even if you are not confident with your Japanese language skills. Your coding and programming skills matter so much more to them.

Computer Futures Japan have supported many IT skilled foreign talent to find their dream job in Japan. And many of these didn’t require Japanese language skills. In certain cases, the available positions may report directly to an office outside of Japan where most communication were in English. In some cases, companies may have bilingual project managers or bridge SE (System Engineer), in which the open role was needed purely for developing and coding.


What are the highest paying IT jobs in Japan?

Based on the salary of IT professionals whom Computer Futures Japan have supported during their job change, these five jobs are some of the highest paying IT jobs in Japan:

  • IT Director
  • Project/Programme Manager
  • Presales
  • Security Manager
  • Business Analyst

Highest paying entry level roles if you’re new to the IT sector

These are positions that usually don’t require extensive experience within the IT field.

  • Software Engineer
  • Technical Support
  • Help Desk
  • QA / Tester
  • Data Scientist

If you are thinking of starting your new career as an IT professional in Japan, you could also enrol yourself in coding schools or coding bootcamps such as Le Wagon and Code Chrysalis, who are our partner organisations that support those who wish to pick up a new skill or those who wish to opt for a mid-career switch. You may also choose to take e-learning classes to equip yourself with the necessary skills.



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Average salary within the IT sector in Japan

One of Japan’s biggest job portals Doda had published their survey results indicating that the average annual salary of IT engineers in Japan is at ¥4.53 million. However, salary is usually based on many different factors such as company type, position type, seniority, and of course your experience with the job or role required. If this is a job with a gaishi-kei company, your performance will be one of the major factors as well.

So, the question is – how much is the average salary of DevOps in the Fintech area for example? How much is the average salary of Solution Architects within Cyber Security? And how much is the average salary of UI/UX designers within e-commerce? Our extensive salary guide offers all the answers, together with the latest insights into each niche IT market in Japan.


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Why choose to work with Computer Futures?

Since the launch of our Tokyo office in 2013, Computer Futures Japan have connected more than 1,000 skilled IT professionals with companies seeking the best IT talent in the market. As an expert in IT and tech recruitment, we act as a strategic partner for technology companies and professionals in Japan and have established communities of tech experts in various niche disciplines, with a proven track record that allows us to place one candidate every 38 minutes globally.

This allowed us to support the career progression of a number of IT professionals over the years. One of our biggest achievements in 2020 was the quality of our service. According to our research and past data, candidates whom Computer Futures Japan have supported in their job change during 2020 had achieved a 21% salary increase on average, compared to their previous job. This was made possible by our consultant’s focus on their niche market, experience and in-depth knowledge about the IT market and required skills, as well as thorough understanding of all the important factors that job seekers look for when changing jobs.

If you are looking for a job opportunity in the IT and Technology sectors in Japan, find our latest job openings or contact us via the form below. You may also want to register with us by simply uploading your resume here to be the first to know about any exciting job opportunities that may fit or interest you.


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