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Findings of METI’s Study of Recent Trends and Future Estimates Concerning IT Human Resources Released

IT human resources are expected to play a key role in the future growth of Japanese industry. Accordingly, as part of a study to examine medium- to long-term trends in demand for human resources and measures aimed at securing and cultivating IT human resources in the future, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has conducted a questionnaire and held a seminar with the participation of various experts. Today, METI released a report on the findings of this study.

1. Background

Massive and ongoing IT investment by industry and the recent expansion in information security needs have triggered renewed awareness of Japan’s shortage of IT human resources. IT use is expected to become increasingly sophisticated and diverse due to the emergence of big data, the IoT, and other new technologies and services, so continued growth in demand for IT is predicted to be a strong possibility in the medium to long term.

However, with Japan’s labor force (particularly its younger population) forecast to decline, securing IT human resources is likely to become even more difficult in future. While IT demand is increasing, Japan’s domestic human resource supply capability is dwindling and the lack of IT human resources could well become even more serious going forward.

Given the importance of IT to the growth of Japanese industry, it would be fair to say that securing sufficient IT human resources is an issue of the utmost importance to Japan. Based on this awareness, METI has conducted this study to provide an overview of medium- to long-term trends in demand for IT human resources and examine measures to secure and cultivate IT human resources in the future.


  • Current IT demand trends at the macro level and estimates of the scale of the shortage of IT human resources
  • Estimates of the current number of human resources and scale of the shortage in fields where needs are expected to be particularly high in future, namely advanced IT human resources (personnel dealing with AI, IoT, and big data, etc.) and information security human resources.
  • Consideration of measures to secure IT human resources in the future (seminar with the participation of experts)
  • Survey concerning IT human resources in other countries, such as the U.S. and countries in Asia, and comparisons with Japan (careers, salaries, labor mobility, etc.)

For further details, see the Japanese language news release.

Release date

June 10, 2016

Division in Charge

Information Service Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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