Vietnam's demand for quality senior staff rises

By Bao Van, TN News

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While enterprises find it hard in recruiting laborers, it is not easy for fresh graduates to seek jobs. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach While enterprises find it hard in recruiting laborers, it is not easy for fresh graduates to seek jobs. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach

Enterprises continue to express growing demand for mid-level and senior staff although the economy has not fully recovered and production continues to face a lot of difficulties.

The online recruitment provider VietnamWorks said the number of job postings on its website increased 23 percent between January and June compared to the same period of last year.

The top three categories with the biggest labor demand are sales, IT and software and marketing, the firm said in its Employment Indicators Report for the first half of 2014.

Recruitment demand increased mostly for experienced team leaders and supervisors, managers and directors. Meanwhile, firms have fewer demands for fresh graduates, the report revealed.

Jonah Levey, Chairman of VietnamWorks, said: “Recruitment demand has shown very positive signs recently. Companies are still in need of a lot of human resources, and the recruitment market continues to see a lot of activities similar to the second half of 2013.”

However, it is not easy to recruit mid-level and senior staff due to a thin supply.

Managing director of recruitment firm Navigos Search, Nguyen Thi Van Anh, said the shortage of necessary skills for Vietnamese laborers is much more serious than those of other Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. "The shortage of engineers and managers can be seen in most sectors in Vietnam."

Local engineers haven't done enough to stay up to date on the latest knowledge, information and technology, and they also lack foreign language skills and creativity, she said.

Meanwhile, managers remain weak in management skills and their knowledge of law and finance.

The head of a human resource bureau at a Japanese semiconductor equipment producer in Tan Thuan Industrial Park in Ho Chi Minh City said his firm spends hundreds of thousands of US dollars on training employees every year. The qualifications of newly-employed laborers are not sufficient to meet their requirements.

Anh said businesses should cooperate with schools and colleges to produce more skilled workers. Accordingly, schools can focus training on businesses' real requirements.

Schools focus too much on theory and ignore practice, thus their graduates are not fully qualified. Many foreign firms said local laborers can work independently only after undergoing training courses at their companies.   

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