On December 14, 2018, the Act for Partial Amendment of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act and the Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Justice (Act No. 102 of 2018) was promulgated. As a result, a new status of residence, "specified skilled worker", was introduced. Consequently, non-Japanese workers are now allowed to work in 14 occupational fields which the government has acknowledged to be experiencing serious labor shortages.
One of these 14 is the construction industry, an industry that has been suffering from an increasingly acute shortage of labor. The number of workers in the construction industry peaked at 6.85 million in 1997 and declined to 5.05 million in November 2020. Despite efforts to improve productivity and to secure domestic human resources, the construction industry has been struggling to find workers. A program has been established in the industry to hire non-Japanese workers with a certain level of expertise and skills who can be effective immediately.
The scope of work that foreigners with specific skills can be engaged in has been expanded!
All work related to the construction industry, including occupations subject to technical intern training, have been reorganized into 3major specific on-site job categories,
such as: Civil Engineering, Building, and Infrastructure & Equipment.
Due to the revised new system, it has enabled Specified Skilled Workers to take up a wider range of jobs and work in a more flexible way. (August 30, 2022)[ Important ] Amendment of Job Categories in relation to Specified Skilled Workers in the Construction Industry