The number of foreigners working in Vietnam has reached 74,000 and rising according to a report posted on the government's website Wednesday.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, the figure was 52,633 in 2008. The number rose to 55,428 and 56,929 respectively in 2009 and 2010.
About 58 percent of the foreign workers are Asian, while Europeans account for 28.5 percent. The report stated that workers have come to Vietnam from more than 60 countries around the world.
The department noted that 48.3 percent of them have higher education degrees, and 34.6 percent have specialized certificates.
Males account for 89.9 percent of the foreign workforce and 86 percent of working foreigners are above 30 years old, the website quoted the department as saying.
The recent data stated that most foreign workers are under employment contracts. However, some continue to work without proper licenses despite recent regulations on tightening control over foreign employees in Vietnam.