KATHMANDU, Oct 12: Some 500 Nepali information technology (IT) engineers could get an opportunity to work in Japan under special visa for skilled manpower, if an initiative taken by a Tokyo-based Nepali company materializes.
The company -- New IT Venture Corporation -- has taken initiatives to collaborate with the Japanese IT companies to hire Nepali engineers. Japan has lately been facing acute shortage of IT manpower and its industrial corporations are currently recruiting IT engineers through India´s reputed IT companies to meet the growing demands in the world´s second largest economy.
“There is a tremendous employment opportunity for Nepali IT engineers as supply from India alone is not sufficient to meet the demand there,” said Dev Man Hirachan, president of the corporation.
He said his firm has approached Japanese firms to recognize Nepal as an alternate IT engineer source country, promising that his company will serve as a mediating agency, facilitating them to acquire best minds from Nepal.
"Like Indian IT companies, we have also committed to arrange six-month orientation on Japanese language and culture to selected IT engineers prior to their placement in Japan´s industrial enterprises,” he said.
The corporation is also collecting data about the number of Nepali IT engineers.
Despite the huge demand, only a few countries are presently exporting IT engineers to Japan. India is the largest supplier. According to conservative estimates, around 30,000 Indian IT engineers are working with different firms in Japan.
If the Japanese firms agree to hire Nepali IT engineers, it will instantly open job opportunities for about 500 IT engineers, Hirachan said, adding that his company would complete the process of sending Nepali IT engineers to Japan within a year.
“To start with, we will send a group of five Nepali IT engineers to Japan based on the demand of local firms,” Hirachan, who is also a leader of Non-Resident Nepalis´ Association, said.
Japanese companies are offering lucrative salary, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 per month, to IT engineers depending on their skills.
JITCO officials coming in December
Meanwhile, Babu Ram Acharya, secretary at the Ministry of Labor and Transport Management (MoLTM), said officials from Japan International Training Cooperation Organization (JITCO) are visiting Nepal in December to give orientation to the government-authorized recruiting agencies about the process of recruiting process and requirements of Nepali industrial trainees to Japan.
The government has designated 172 agencies, including Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries, to send industrial trainees to Japan. Six Nepali women industrial trainees have already joined Japan´s garments industry and about 36 more workers will soon leave for Japan to work in agriculture sector.