IT jobs will be the most in-demand in 2019: report

By Dang Khoa, Thi HaJanuary 14, 2019 | 01:00 am PT
Information technology is the industry with the highest recruitment demand this year with 14 percent increase compared to last year.

According to a recent report of ManpowerGroup Vietnam, a human resource solutions provider, many employers stated the number of qualified candidates is limited. Also, many businesses have difficulty in recruiting and retaining people by raising salary.

The company mentioned that the number of recruitment requests of information technology (IT) workforce it received from customers in 2018 nearly three times higher than 2017.

According to a recent report of IT recruiting firm TopDev, the IT sector generally faces a big shortage as demand is set to go up from 320,000 engineers this year to 400,000 in 2020.

The shortfall is 75,000 this year, and set to increase to 100,000 in 2020. This leaves employers considering paying higher salaries to lure away people. The average salary for experienced IT engineers now is $1,318.

Staff at the French IT company Linkbynet in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by AFP

Staff at the French IT company Linkbynet in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by AFP

Gaku Echizenya, general director of Navigos Group, a leading recruitment company, recently said: "The market is experiencing major changes with the fourth industrial revolution. Therefore, businesses need to keep up-to-date with market information from reputable sources to respond promptly to changes, allowing them to set out a strategy to recruit and attract talented people."

Retail industry comes in second place with the double-digit hiring rate of 10 percent increase, according to ManpowerGroup Vietnam.

Construction and real estate, and education are tide in third place with 8 percent increase.

According to the forecast, not only there is a scarcity of human resources this year, wages of the listed industries also increased sharply each year depending on the employment’s workload and position.

For instance, a director of one of the mentioned industries can earn a monthly salary between VND100-300 million (nearly $4,300-12,900).

Tran Anh Tuan, deputy director of the center for forecasting human resource and labor market information in Ho Chi Minh City, assessed that this year recruitment demand has reached the highest in the last three years.

He added that this is the year that labor demand is closely tied with the city’s economic growth rate.

Software engineering, information security, e-commerce, digital marketing, architecture - construction, and tourism will have high recruitment rate as these industries are developing rapidly.

On the other hands, state-owned enterprises will recruit human resources in economy, finance and technology background.

The private sector with more than 300,000 companies will also focus on hiring employees in the same fields, according to the forecast.

Tuan also mentioned that some industries currently have excess human resources. Therefore, he advised graduates if they could not find the right job in their field of study, then they could move to other industries with high recruitment rate this year.

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