Written by Anthony Trotter
In recent years, outsourcing the knowledge, skills and experience of others to established companies and firms has grown in popularity on a worldwide scale. Although outsourcing occurs across many industries, one of the primary segments is in the area of business administration which includes under its umbrella such services as human resources, accounting, payroll, tax preparation, and other similar means of operational support.
Companies in Japan are increasingly turning to bi-lingual (Japanese/English) outsourced services to meet performance demands while trimming expenses. The reason for the shift is that overall competition is increasing, creating a need for businesses to adjust operational procedures in order to succeed. Outsourcing allows firms to bring in specialized manpower, maximize their efficiency and improve flexibility, all while reducing overhead expense. Money saved through outsourcing can then be more effectively used to strengthen and grow the business.
One Person’s Loss is Another Person’s Gain
It is obvious that outsourcing services are beneficial for the companies that enlist them, but businesses that provide such services offer advantages to those that work for them as well. The competition that is the cause of companies turning to outsourced services is the very factor that drives the demand for those delivering the services.
In the case of business administration, companies stemming from a host of industries with small, medium and large operations are either not hiring or reducing their own staff and assigning those tasks to external suppliers instead. Therefore, it is becoming more challenging to find steady employment in those positions within established companies.
However, those bi-lingual people skilled in such tasks are in high demand when attached to an outsourcing provider. It’s all in how one looks at the situation. On one side, business administration jobs are shrinking within traditional bounds while, on the other side, people with the skills to fill those jobs are being sought by the very companies reducing them internally. The advantages realized by companies trimming internal jobs and turning to outside providers are the very reasons employees of bi-lingual outsourcers gain an advantage over those seeking to enter via traditional means.
Open Doors of Opportunity
Those who specialize in business administration skills, whether they be in the field of management, accounting, tax preparation and advisory, human resources, payroll, or other support services, will find that the doors of opportunity are opening wide. Bi-lingual outsourcing companies are increasingly being sought out by businesses in other countries with operations here in Japan.
Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, China and other countries across South East Asia, as well as Europe and the United States, are turning to Bi-lingual outsource companies to meet their ever-growing needs. Increased demands for service provider’s growing means more opportunity for personal growth and expansion to those working with Bi-lingual outsourcing firms.
The bottom line is that Bi-lingual outsourcing companies in Japan are filling an important gap by providing key support services to a growing range of companies here in Japan. People with the skills to meet such needs will find employment with Bi-lingual outsourcing providers advantageous and full of opportunity.