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Vietnam – Labour export continues to rise

10 January 2014

According to the Vietnamese department of statistics, there were 85,000 people working abroad in 2013, a +6% rise compared with 2012. In an interview with Vietnamese newspaper Tin Tuc (News) Daily, the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Labour, Dao Cong Hai, spoke about the improvement in the overseas labour market, reports vietnamnet.vn.

He said: “[The rise in the number of workers going overseas] is primarily due to the sudden change in the number of overseas workers in the Taiwan market. By the end of November, the number of people going to work in Taiwan was 41,713, a rise of more than 11,000 workers over 2012. In addition to this, there was stability in other markets; such as Japan and Malaysia.”

An estimated half a million workers are currently employed in more than 40 countries and territories around the world. In terms of remittance, more than USD 2 billion has been sent back to Vietnam by these workers, which in turn has helped thousands of families and workers escape poverty.

Mr Hai continued: “Vietnamese labourers overseas have been working mainly in the fields of machinery production, construction, agriculture, elderly care, garment, as housekeepers, and as high-skilled workers in some markets. However, each market has different demands. The average income of overseas Vietnamese workers fluctuates between USD 300 and USD 2,000 per month, depending on the field, country, and the professional skill.”

“A common worker going to work in Malaysia would have an income between USD 350 and USD 450 per month. While in Japan and the Republic of Korea, workers in a manufacturing and production factory receive between USD 800 and USD 1,500 per month.”

Looking forward, Mr Hai added: “Priority will be placed on sending skilled and trained workers abroad in 2014. As for the labour market, we will continue to consolidate and maintain those in Taiwan and Japan and expect to see some signs of recovery in the Middle East. However, we are still facing difficulties due to the global economic depression that is still underway and has deepened in the international labour market.”   

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