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HCMC companies struggle to find high-skilled workers

By Truc Dao

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HCMC – Local companies are struggling to fill high-skilled technical roles, facing significant hiring challenges, reports the city’s Employment Service Center.

Despite over 3,300 companies posting job openings for experts and high-tech workers on the center’s website since the beginning of the year, only about 300 Vietnamese candidates have expressed interest, with none meeting the hiring criteria.

These openings, initially targeted at foreign workers, encompass more than 7,000 roles across various sectors including architecture, construction, management, business, accounting, education, and engineering, offering an average salary of VND50 million per month.

A lack of awareness about these opportunities among local workers, coupled with the demanding requirements set by employers, are major barriers hindering the recruitment process. “Many Vietnamese workers are unaware of these job opportunities, and the stringent requirements might deter potential applicants,” explained a representative from the HCMC Employment Service Center.

Legally, companies must prioritize local candidates by advertising vacancies domestically before they can hire from abroad. This is in accordance with Government Decree 70, which amends and supplements Decree 152 on the employment of foreign workers in Vietnam.

As of May 13, nearly 800 positions remain unfilled, still within the recruitment period specified by the decrees. The ongoing struggle highlights a critical gap in the local employment market, underscoring the need for more effective strategies to bridge the skills and awareness gaps among Vietnamese workers.

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