No import of untrained labor into Vietnam: ministry

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Vietnam's labor ministry on Tuesday said they would not allow the import of untrained workers into the country in response to recent proposals made by southern companies.

"The ministry only allows the import of high-skilled workers," deputy minister Nguyen Thanh Hoa of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs said on the sidelines of a conference on the country's employment objectives for this year in the central city of Da Nang.

Last week Ho Chi Minh City Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority's job center said two Japanese-owned companies, Nidec Tosok and Three Bambi, had proposed that related agencies allow them to recruit workers from the Philippines and Laos because they were suffering from a critical lack of workers after the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.

In fact, export processing and industrial zones in the southern hub were currently in need of 12,000 workers, according to the center.

Overall, the city lacked some 35,000 workers, mainly unskilled ones, the HCMC Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs reported at a meeting last week.

Rising prices and low salaries were discouraging many workers who'd gone to their hometown for Tet from returning to work, according to experts.

Hoa also told the press that industrial zones in the southeastern region, including HCMC, were facing a labor shortage because companies there were not offering employees working conditions and salaries in accordance with the latter's capacity and needs.

Tao Bang Huy, deputy head of the ministry's Employment Department, warned at the Tuesday conference that shortcomings in labor quality and the imbalance between demand and supply would remain big challenges for the local labor market this year.

The ministry aims to export 85,000 workers and create jobs for 300,000 untrained workers this year using financial support provided by the National Employment Fund that targets poor workers and households.

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