Tokyo-headquartered job site operator Work Port Inc. has opened five branch offices in Japan and one in Vietnam, bringing its total number of local and foreign sales support centers up to 17.

Five new offices were inaugurated in Hiroshima, Okayama, Kyoto, Chiba and Tachikawa and one in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. Internationally, the company already operates branch offices in Seoul, Korea, and Bangkok, Thailand.

Founded in 2003, Work Port Inc. runs a career-change site at WorkPort.co.jp, a recruitment site dedicated to IT engineers and programmers at Hw.WorkPort.co.jp, a manufacturing industry-focused jobs site at Mono.WorkPort.co.jp, a jobs site for pharmacists at Pharmacy.WorkPort.co.jp, a jobs search engine for sales staff at Sales-Navi.WorkPort.co.jp and a jobs navigation site for accounting and finance professionals at Keiri-Navi.WorkPort.co.jp.

The company is aggressively expanding its regional presence and collaborating with recruiters to address labor shortages. There were 161 job vacancies for every 100 job-seekers in Japan last year — the highest ratio since 1973. “By 2025, the labor shortage will begin to pose a severe constraint on Japan’s economic growth as many senior workers will reach the age of 75 and leave the labor market,” the Japan Times reported.

Overseas offices are being used by WorkPort to source employees from abroad for local employers — much like its competitors, like Grooves.comAdecco.co.jpLeverages Inc., do.

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