Sources told Propakistani that the Japanese government intends to hire thousands of talented and experienced Pakistani IT professionals, mainly from the fields of programming, data science, Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, etc. in the future.
Delegates from the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) recently met officials from the Ministry of Overseas and Human Resources Development, the Pakistan Association of Software Houses for IT and ITES ([email protected]), and the owners of software houses in this regard to inform them of their future recruitment plans.
Besides having degrees and the required skills, young and experienced IT professionals need to learn basic Japanese to be able to get lucrative jobs in Japan. Through JICA, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development will duly facilitate them in the processing of visas, and some companies may fund the travel and accommodation expenses of experienced professionals.
Experts in the IT industry said that Pakistan could export programming specialists to the Japanese market as Japan lacks professionals in the field of data science and AI. They added that the Pakistani government needs to design boot camps as long as six months to a year in different cities and universities in collaboration with the local IT industry to work on exporting skilled manpower.
However, IT professionals from Bangladesh could fill the gap if Pakistan can export IT professionals to Japan in the required fields. Pakistani professionals are the priority of the Japanese government for the purpose of maintaining diversity in its culture as the presence of Indian companies and professionals are already very dominant.
The Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) has recently begun to advertise jobs for hiring different professionals.
Pakistan is currently producing over 25,000 IT graduates every year in various disciplines of IT and computer sciences.
Experts say that Pakistan’s export of IT professionals could reach nearly 1,000 per year, which is a good number in the prevailing circumstances but the Pakistani market failed to meet the demand of the Japanese IT industry, which is out of the question.
The local industry has been expanding its businesses in various dimensions in the past one and half years to meet the demand of the local and foreign markets, which has resulted in significant job openings for new graduates in recent months.
The government should not only focus on the promotion of IT education across the country; it needs to update the curricula of the local universities and colleges to bring it on par with the international standards.
More than 16,000 Pakistanis reside in various cities of Japan. This community maintains a positive image in Japan, and linkages with the department of the host country that help Pakistani students and businessmen in the pursuit of their careers and business.