Vietnamese labor authorities are hopeful that more workers can be sent to Japan, a traditional market, this year due to strong demand, Sai Gon Tiep Thi magazine reported.
Japan normally hires limited numbers of foreign workers after careful assessment, industry insiders said.
An order to supply 10-15 workers is considered big for a Japanese company, Hoang Van Hung, general director of the Vietnam Motors Industry Corp.’s labor export center, said.
But these orders have swollen to 50-100 workers at a time since late last year, he said.
His center hopes to supply 200 workers to Japanese firms this year, twice the number provided last year.
In Vietnam, there are 100 recruitment agencies licensed to send workers to Japan.
Pham Do Nhat Tan, vice chairman of the Vietnam Labor Export Association, said the increase in demand in Japan for Vietnamese workers is a “good signal,” and Vietnam needs to create a good training program for workers to retain this market.
Many Vietnamese workers are eyeing Japan since employment agents’ fees for jobs in that country are only VND70-90 million (US$3,360-4,300), even lower than those charged for jobs in Taiwan.
Foreign workers in Japan earn $1,000-1,500 per month, while skilled labor can make up to $2,000, a Hai Quan (Custom) report said late last year.
The Overseas Labor Department said the number of Vietnamese workers looking to work in Japan has increased steadily in the last three months, rising to around 1,900 a month on a waiting list for approval.
Last year 8,775 Vietnamese guest workers went to Japan, and the target for this year is 9,000.
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