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Domestic laborers tend to change jobs, demand pay rise
By Minh Tam
Tuesday,  Nov 6, 2018,20:41 (GMT+7)

Domestic laborers tend to change jobs, demand pay rise

By Minh Tam

Sales staffers of VinCommerce talk with representatives of manufacturers. The demand for the high-skilled manpower in many sectors is high, such as the e-commerce sector – PHOTO: MINH TAM

HCMC – The high demand for senior executives in many sectors in Vietnam has caused job-hopping and pay rise requests among laborers, putting pressure on employers, said attendees at a seminar on human resources held today, November 6.

At the seminar, titled “Developing Vietnamese senior executives’ ability,” held by recruitment consultancy firm Michael Page Vietnam, Dinh Kim Nhung, director of human resources at Masan Group, said many employees seem unwilling to face difficulties and learn from others, and tend to change jobs more regularly.

According to recent surveys, a senior executive tends to change jobs in two years on average. The time is too short for them to understand a company’s culture and business, as well as contribute to the firm’s development, Nhung added.

Tran Xuan Thuy, director of Alibaba in Vietnam, told the seminar that Alibaba wants to employ locals. However, when investing in Lazada, it must hire foreign experts as the local manpower fails to meet its requirements.

Candidates should have not only necessary skills for their jobs but also good foreign language ability to communicate with the group’s leaders and understand its culture, market demands and customers' tastes.

At present, those who are good in foreign languages tend to lack experience, while those with great specialist knowledge and experience cannot use foreign languages. The problem is unlikely to be solved in the next few years, Thuy added.

According to Tamara Boonstra, director of Michael Page Vietnam, few Vietnamese people are now holding senior executive posts in the distribution and electronics sectors.

Four jobs with the high demand for human resources are retail-supply chain management, business-finance administration, human resources and digital technology-corporate governance.

In addition, four other sectors are also in dire need of laborers, including real estate, manufacturing, digital-financial technology and fast-moving consumer goods.

Senior executives will switch their jobs if they are offered salaries which are 15%-20% higher than their current salaries.

Job seekers can get even more opportunities thanks to the influx of foreign direct investment in recent times. However, they have to compete with overseas Vietnamese who return to the country to work.

Therefore, job seekers should have long-term purposes rather than considering salaries when applying for a job. They are also advised to improve their knowledge about the market and consumers, which can help them be more impressive to recruiters.

In related news, Michael Page Vietnam has officially opened its representative office in HCMC. Vietnam is its newest market although it has penetrated into the Asian market for more than 20 years.

The company provides specialized recruitment services for professionals at managerial levels in many sectors, such as digital technology, engineering-manufacturing, finance-accounting, human resources, information technology, marketing, supply chain, real estate and sales.

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