South Korea will recruit Vietnamese guest workers back after a four-month hiatus, the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs said on November 3.
According to the ministry, South Korea's Employment Permit System (EPS) office is set to conduct the Korean language test for Vietnamese workers on December 17 and 18.
Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, chief of the Overseas Labor Management Department, told Thanh Nien that 15,000 Vietnamese workers aged between 18 and 39 will be hired under the EPS this year for various jobs in South Korea.
In August 2011, South Korea halted the Korean language test for Vietnamese workers after finding a number of Vietnamese laborers quit their jobs without proper reasons or overstay their allotted time in South Korea after their work contracts expire.
According to the Overseas Labor Management Department, Vietnam has sent around 63,000 workers to South Korea under the EPS program in the past six years.
Vietnamese workers account for 25 percent of the total number of foreign workers from 15 countries in South Korea, the department said.