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Vietnam – Seasonal worker demand surges ahead of New Year celebrations

10 January 2014

Demand for labour during the holiday season is particularly high, according to Vu Thi Thanh Lieu, head of the Labour Market Information Department under the Ha Noi Job Placement Centre, reports vietnamnet.vt.

Mr Lieu said the rising demand, several times higher than usual, means more job opportunities for students and unskilled workers.

Nguyen Thi Bich Loi, director of Huong Thien Co, a job agency for domestic services, told Viet Nam News that the demand for temporary domestic helpers is usually significantly higher than usual during Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, the most important celebration in Vietnamese culture.

As pay can be as much as three times higher during Tet, many workers from other provinces and cities come to Ha Noi to work as domestic helpers and earn a considerable additional income, Mr Loi added.

The Metro Cash and Carry Viet Nam told Dan Tri (Public Knowledge) e-newspaper that it had approximately 2,000 temporary job vacancies for young people, especially students, during Tet, which is the busiest period of the year for the wholesale chain.

Le Thi Kim Thuy, an HR official from the company, said the additional recruitment during Tet was also an opportunity for young people to gain work experience. In Ho Chi Minh City, the Student Assistance Centre said that more than 1,000 staff were needed for 100 companies.

Companies need staff to provide services with these jobs paying hourly wages of VND 12,000 – VND 13,000 (USD 0.57 - USD 0.62) or monthly salaries of VND 1.8 million – VND 2.8 million (USD 85.7 – USD 133).

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