Overseas Vietnamese professionals keen to return home: survey

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Seventy percent of overseas Vietnamese professionals are interested to return home to work, according to a recent survey by recruitment firm Robert Walters.
The survey, released on Wednesday, found the three main sectors in Vietnam which they are keen on seeking employment fall within the accounting and finance, banking and financial services and information technology.
It also found that overseas Asians consider returning home because of three main reasons: caring for ageing parents, the perceived ability to command higher pay after working overseas and the affinity with their cultures back home.
The top three factors overseas Asians look for in an employment package are a salary increment (over local rates), clear career progression and flexible working arrangements.
Gerrit Bouckaert, Country Manager at Robert Walters Thailand and Vietnam, said in a statement that outbound mobility in Vietnam has increased significantly over the past decade and many firms in the country face a severe shortage of skilled local talent.
As a result, local businesses are now “very keen to hire skilled Vietnamese professionals who have gained international experience but understand the local culture and language better than any expatriate,” he said.
“This will enable organizations to develop high-potential local talent and prepare them to take on middle-management and senior positions,” he added.
According to the survey, 88 percent of hiring managers polled in Southeast Asia say they are currently facing challenges in attracting and recruiting talent. And 86 percent of the hiring managers polled in the region see hiring returning locals as a viable option to address their recruitment challenges.

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