“The committee has granted permission for sending caregivers,” U Myo Aung, permanent secretary of the Labour Ministry, said on Sunday.
He said the Ministry of Labour had asked for permission from the cabinet in July to send caregivers to Japan after a policy affairs discussion on the issue was conducted by the ministry and Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation.
“Now, agencies can submit the demand letters to the committee. They can start sending labour when the committee approved their labour demand letters,” said U Kyaw Zaw, general secretary of the federation.
There are more than 80 recruitment agencies which are sending labour to Japan, and they all have proposed to the ministry to allow them to send caregivers, the federation said.
“Agencies have already prepared in advance for sending caregivers,” said U Peter Nyunt Maung, president of the federation.
Myanmar workers who want to work in Japan as caregivers for the elderly must be at least 18 years old, according to the rules of the Labour Ministry.
Also, the workers must pass the N4 level of Japanese Language Test conducted by the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar.
The caregivers must have also attended about 320 hours of training for taking care of the elderly.
U Peter Nyunt Maung said that those interested to work as caregivers will earn more than other kinds of labourers.
They would be paid about 950 yen per hour (US$8.48/K13,114), and the pay would depend on the employer and the region of the country.
But workers who want to go Japan must first pay US$2800 (about K4.5 million) in agency service fees.
The caregivers will have the chance to further increase their salaries and extend their working years if they pass the N3 level of Japanese language test in Japan.
Currently, Japan has a labour shortage for the care of its aging population and is hiring people from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines to look after their elderly.
This is the first time that Myanmar would be sending caregivers to a foreign country, a Labour Ministry official said.