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Japan carmakers grapple with big salaries for IT staff

Big pay bumps are needed because the firms are chasing the same experts that everyone else needs: headhunter

The race for staff is accelerating. Nissan said in October it plans to hire about 150 engineers in Tokyo by 2018 for software, cloud computing, data analytics and machine learning.


HEADHUNTER Casey Abel spent four months trying to hire a data-centre architect for a Japanese carmaker, including five meetings with the client - one with the top executive. In the end, the IT specialist joined an e-commerce company abroad for significantly more money.


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