Hiring Foreigners - Sector Building Cleaning

Hiring Foreigners – Sector Building Cleaning

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Hiring specified skilled foreigners in the field of building cleaning-conditions, work content, examination


The building cleaning field, which cleans the inside of a building, is one of the industrial fields for which the status of residence for specific skills has been granted.

In the building cleaning industry, labor shortages are pointed out every year, and it is expected that the acceptance of foreigners will improve the hiring situation of companies.

In this section, we will explain the necessary conditions, the content of the accepted tasks, and the required exams when hiring foreigners in the building cleaning field.

Background and prospects for accepting foreigners with specific skills in the building cleaning field

In the field of building cleaning of specific skills, the government willIt is assumed that 37 and 000 foreigners will be accepted.
In the same industry, we are promoting the development of cleaning machines and the spread of robots to improve productivity and promoting employment promotion for women and the elderly, but the labor shortage has not been resolved.

The ratio of job openings to job openings reaches 2017 by the year 2.95, and there is concern that the building’s health may deteriorate and users’ health may be impaired if the labor shortage continues.
Building cleaning has also been the subject of technical training since 2017.
However, as this alone can not cope with the labor shortage, the status of residence of certain skills opened a window to new foreigners.

The government may stop accepting certain skilled foreigners in the building cleaning sector if the expected number is reached within 5 years.

With building cleaning business recognized by residence status of specific skill

The “Operational Policy” announced by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare sets forth the building cleaning business permitted by specific skills as follows.

[Work that a specific skill 1 foreigner is engaged in]

  • Cleaning in the building
  • Specifically: Cleaning work to protect the hygienic environment, maintain aesthetics, ensure security and improve maintenance, and work to eliminate environmental pollutants present in buildings and maintain cleanliness

In addition, when engaging in special skills foreigners in radiation work at a nuclear power plant conducted by TEPCO, based on guidelines on safety and health management measures, carefully consider the findings and report the results to the MHLW. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is giving notice.

▼ Reference
Occupational Safety and Health for Specified Skilled Foreign Workers at TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

Conditions necessary for foreigners to obtain a specific skills visa in the building cleaning sector

Building cleaning field is only allowed for certain skills 1.There is no application for 2.
Therefore, 5 year is the upper limit that foreigners with status of residence for specific skills can work.

In the building cleaning field, as in other industrial fields, the following 3 points are the basic application conditions.

  • Being older than 18
  • Pass the prescribed Japanese language proficiency test
  • Passing the prescribed skill evaluation test

Below is a description of the Japanese exam and the proficiency test.

Employment of foreigners in the building cleaning field

Japanese examination and level required in the building cleaning field

In the building cleaning field, you have to pass the following Japanese exam to get status of residence.

  • Domestic: “Japanese Language Proficiency Test” N4 or higher
  • Overseas: “Japanese Language Proficiency Test” N4 or higher or “The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Foundation Test”

The “Japanese Language Proficiency Test” or the “National Foundation Japan Basic Japanese Language Test” will check whether you can have some daily conversation and have a sufficient level of Japanese language skills.

Building Cleaning Field Specific Skills 1 Evaluation Test

Skill evaluation test in the field of building cleaningBuilding Cleaning Field Specific Skill XNUM X Evaluation TestIs used.

this is,Japan Building Maintenance AssociationIs the practical test that will be conducted by
It will be held in Japanese and will be held in Japan and overseas after the fall of 2019.
Make sure that you have the technology to perform cleaning work using appropriate methods and detergents inside a building with a large number of users.

People who are exempt from exams in the building cleaning field

In the technical training, building cleaning job type XNUM alumni can transfer to specific skill 2 by skill evaluation examination exemption.

In addition, foreigners who are in the following positions in Japan can not take the Skill Assessment Test.

【Foreigners who can not take the skill evaluation test】

  • Foreign students who have been withdrawn from school
  • Missing technical interns
  • Status of residence “specific activity (refugee recognition application)”
  • During practical training in residence qualification “technical training”

Requirements for receiving organization in the field of building cleaning

Companies and organizations that accept foreigners with specific skills (host organization) are required to comply with the following points.

  • Having received registration of “building cleaning business” or “building environmental hygiene general management business”
  • Join the Building Cleaning Sector Specific Skills Council
  • Conduct the necessary cooperation for research and guidance when the council asks

What is the Building Cleaning Sector Specific Skills Council?

The Building Cleaning Sector Specific Skills Council is an organization organized by the following members. We aim to achieve smooth operation by sharing information on the acceptance of specific skilled foreigners and system operation.

[Member of building cleaning field specific skill meeting]

  • Ministry of Justice, Immigration and Immigration Bureau
  • Police Agency Criminal Bureau Organized Crime Countermeasures Department
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular Bureau
  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare job security bureau
  • Specific Skills Affiliation Organization (Limited to organizations currently accepting No. 1 Specific Skill Foreigners)
  • Japan Building Maintenance Association
  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare medicine, living hygiene station life hygiene section (the secretariat)

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In addition, depending on the situation, the council requests the following cooperation from the host organization.

[Contents of cooperation required of the receiving organization]

  • Overall grasp of the situation regarding acceptance of specific skilled foreigners
  • Dealing with problems
  • Enlightenment of legal compliance
  • Support for job change for specific skill foreigners in case of bankruptcy etc.
  • Grasp and analyze information on changes in employment structure and economic conditions

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For proper operation, the host organization should hire foreigners after understanding their obligations.

▼ In addition, here are the employment conditions that the host organization should protect
What is the receiving organization for specific skills? Standards and obligations to hire foreigners on specific skills visas

▼ Click here for the support plan (support) that should be given to specific skills 1 foreigners
What is a registration support organization? | Necessary requirements for registration and support plan contents for specific skills 1

Summary: The receiving organization should set up a system before the start of operation

Acceptance of specific skilled foreigners in the building cleaning field has not been implemented since the skills evaluation test has not been conducted as of 2019 summer.

Companies considering foreign employment should firmly understand the system required by the host organization, the employment conditions to be protected, the support plan to be implemented as an obligation, and prepare the corporate environment.


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