Vietnamese professionals from abroad in demand: analyst

By Thao Vi, Thanh Nien News

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Engines are seen at a motorcycle factory in Vinh Phuc Province, near Hanoi, on April 21, 2015. Professionals skilled in engineering, procurement, sourcing and supply chain will see increased job opportunities this year as more manufacturing plants is expected to establish operations in Vietnam. Photo: Kham/Reuters Engines are seen at a motorcycle factory in Vinh Phuc Province, near Hanoi, on April 21, 2015. Professionals skilled in engineering, procurement, sourcing and supply chain will see increased job opportunities this year as more manufacturing plants is expected to establish operations in Vietnam. Photo: Kham/Reuters

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With more businesses coming to Vietnam, the local talent pool is getting stretched and companies in the country will this year increasingly attract Vietnamese professionals who have studied or worked abroad, according to the head of a recruitment company.
Jon Whitehead of Robert Walters’ Vietnam division said employers had increasingly looked to attract returning Vietnamese professionals to address the shortage of local talent last year and this trend would continue in 2016 in all sectors.
“With international experience, returning Vietnamese professionals can help top-level managers. Below them, they will obviously help a number of local Vietnamese that don’t have opportunities to study and work abroad to develop skills quickly,” he told Thanh Nien News.
“Returning Vietnamese understand the culture and language, so they can build bridges between foreign general managers, who come from different cultures, and local staff here.”
Whitehead expects foreign businesses, including from the US, Europe, Thailand, and Australia, to continue to come to Vietnam this year.
With competition for talent increasing, he said hiring managers should consider candidates from outside their industries.
“For example, pharmaceutical companies and retailers might consider individuals with complementary FMCG experience whose skills can be refined internally.
“When vying for top-tier talent, employers need to be aware that while an attractive salary is always important, offering a structured career progression will be more crucial than ever in 2016.”
According to Robert Walters’ latest annual salary survey, qualified candidates moving jobs this year can expect an average salary increment of 15-25 percent.
The survey suggests that professionals in engineering, procurement, sourcing, and supply chain will see increased job opportunities as more manufacturing plants are expected to be set up.
It also indicates that the entrance of mobile applications and tech start-ups will steer recruitment of IT candidates towards iOS development, Android development and graphic design.
Demand for marketers in the technical healthcare sector will continue as global firms expand their presence and more competitors enter the Vietnamese market.

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