Saturday,  Nov 17, 2018,21:01 (GMT+7) 0 0
Vietnamese laborers in S.Korea, Japan report highest incomes
The Saigon Times Daily
Wednesday,  Nov 7, 2018,14:24 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese laborers in S.Korea, Japan report highest incomes

The Saigon Times Daily

A Vietnamese worker is seen applying to a Japanese firm. Vietnamese laborers in South Korea and Japan report highest incomes - PHOTO: THANH HOA

HCMC – Vietnamese workers in South Korea and Japan earn US$1,000-1,200 per month on average, the highest among the Vietnamese people working overseas, news site VnEconomy reported, citing a report by the National Assembly's Social Affairs Committee.

According to the report on Vietnamese workers abroad in the 2010-2017 period and foreigners working in Vietnam between 2013 and 2017, Vietnamese working abroad had higher incomes than their peers working at home.

The average income of Vietnamese guest workers was between US$400 and US$600 per month in the Middle East and between US$700 and US$800 per month in Taiwan.

The report also showed that nearly 821,900 domestic laborers went abroad for guest work under employment contracts in the 2010-2017 period. Since 2014, Vietnam has annually sent more than 102,000 workers abroad.

The number of Vietnamese guest workers has surged in foreign markets offering high incomes, such as Japan (up 461% between 2013 and 2017), Taiwan (up 183%) and the Middle East (up 120%).

Of these, Taiwan employed the highest number of Vietnamese workers. Meanwhile, the number of Vietnamese guest workers in Japan last year jumped 11 times compared with the figure in 2013 and three times over the number in 2014.

As a result of the increasing number of guest workers in countries offering high incomes, Vietnam now enjoys a large amount of foreign currency sent home by overseas Vietnamese workers, at some US$2-2.5 billion per year, marking an annual increase of 6%-7% from 2010 to 2017.

According to a report by the Ha Tinh government, its workers sent more than VND4 trillion (US$171.7 million) home in one year, equivalent to half of the province’s gross revenue.

The Social Affairs Committee’s report also showed that the number of foreigners working in Vietnam soared from 2013 to 2017, but the last two years saw a decline.

As of last year, Vietnam had nearly 81,400 foreign workers, comprising some 23,300 managers, 11,600 managing directors, 28,200 experts, 14,700 technicians and 3,500 employees in various sectors.

There are nearly 69,900 foreign employees with work permits, 6,400 without work permits and some 5,000 awaiting the issuance of work permits, accounting for 85.9%, 7.9% and 6.2% of the total, respectively.

Foreign laborers in the country come from some 110 countries and territories. Some 30.9% of them are from China, 18.3% from South Korea, 12.9% from Taiwan, 9.5% from Japan, and the remaining 28.4% are from other countries.

In general, the management and use of foreign workers in Vietnam are in line with the law.

However, loopholes in regulations on immigration have hindered the State management agencies.

For example, some foreigners were granted visas that allowed them to work at local firms for three months without work permits. These employees later wanted to apply for work permits in Vietnam and change their visas into labor ones.

However, the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit, and Residence of Foreigners in Vietnam does not allow the change of immigration purposes, causing an increase in the number of foreigners working in Vietnam without work permits.

Share with your friends:         
Publication Permit No. 321/GP-BTTT issued on October 26, 2007
Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Pham Huu Chuong
Managing Editor: Nguyen Van Thang.
Assistant Managing Editor: Pham Dinh Dung.
Head Office: 35 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St., Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tel: (84.28) 3829 5936; Fax: (84.28) 3829 4294.
All rights reserved.