Factors Preventing Hiring of Highly Educated Female New Graduates in Japanese Corporations


The main purpose of this study is to find the attributes of corporations that prevent hiring of highly educated female new graduates, who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Our results show that the percentages of new graduates who majored in the field of humanities and of female employees positively correlate with the percentage of female new graduates, suggesting that corporations with many female employees also have a high percentage of hiring female graduates. Furthermore, the percentage of female managers and the presence of labor unions also tend to be positively significant on hiring percentage of female new graduates. However, we identified the two important factors as a hindrance to hiring new female graduates in Japanese corporations: (1) the tenure years of female employees and (2) the percentage of employees working overseas. Although the promotion of female employees is on the rise in Japan, these findings indicate that the positions of female employees are still limited within gender-specific jobs or positions that do not require a business trip or relocation. A closer focus on these issues should be warranted in future studies.

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Mamiko Takeuchi, Aichigakuin University, Japan

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Conference: SEACE2023
Stream: Higher education

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