Enhanced Opportunities for Overseas Workers in Japan as Entry Conditions Soften

Japan has recently expanded the conditions for foreign workers and announced that the average salary of foreign workers is 232,600 yen, promoting the recruitment of overseas workers. (Photo via Unsplash.com)

Japan has relaxed conditions for foreign workers and vigorously attracted overseas workers. The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare recently announced that the average salary of foreign workers is 232,600 yen.

TOKYO, JAPAN (WS News Publisher) – Japan has relaxed its conditions for foreign workers, creating a wave of foreign workers seeking employment in Japan. The Japanese government announced on the 29th that it would expand the “specific skills” target for foreign workers and add four new fields, including the automobile transportation industry, railways, forestry, and timber industries, to improve manpower shortages such as public transportation and logistics. In addition to relevant employment visa regulations, average employment salary is also an important reference condition for overseas job seekers. Japan recently announced that the average salary of foreign workers is 232,600 yen, as well as the five types of foreign workers’ residence status and average salary, which has become a reference for overseas people to choose the type of job.

The Japanese government has expanded the number of “specified skills” targets for foreign workers from the current 12 fields to 16 fields, adding four new fields: automobile transportation, railways, forestry, and wood industries. In addition to the original long-term care, building cleaning, agriculture, accommodation industry, fishery, catering industry, construction industry, shipbuilding industry, industrial machinery manufacturing industry, electrical, electronic intelligence related industries, automobile maintenance industry, aviation industry, food manufacturing industry, metal casting industry, a total of 16 industries. “Specified Skills No. 2” includes construction and shipbuilding, a total of 2 industries. This allows foreign job seekers to obtain a Japanese employment visa and engage in simple labor work without requiring specific academic qualifications, skills and practical experience.

In addition to regulations related to overseas employment, salary level is a key factor for foreign workers to choose cross-border employment. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan recently released the “2023 Salary Structure Basic Statistical Survey Overview”, which conducts statistics based on gender, age, education, industry and employment region. The average salary of Japanese general workers is 318,300 yen, and the average salary of foreign workers is 232,600 yen.

According to the basic statistical survey on salary structure, the average salary is divided into five types of foreign workers’ residence status. “Professional/technical fields (excluding specific skills)” have the highest salary, with an average monthly salary of 296,700 yen. This type is mainly for those with Those with knowledge and abilities in professional fields, including academic research, professional technology, and business management abilities.

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare releases salary data for foreign workers. (Chart via Merxwire)

The Japanese government has loosened restrictions on job transfer and residence for foreign workers, attracting a large number of overseas workers and boosting demand for rental housing. Rent in Japan includes management and repair fees, and related expenses need to be guaranteed together, making the overall accommodation cost higher. Due to the depreciation of the Japanese currency in the past two years, compared with China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea, housing prices in Japan are relatively reasonable, and buying a house to live in has become one of the options for many immigrants.

As Japan’s population decreases, various industries are facing manpower shortages. In order to improve the labor gap, the working conditions of foreign workers continue to be relaxed. Due to the similarity in food culture and living habits between Taiwan and Japan, going to Japan has become one of the employment options for Taiwanese workers. Refer to this data to choose your ideal job location and content, and realize your dream employment model.

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