Companies want to recruit workers, but have difficulty: survey

By Dat Nguyen   August 12, 2022 | 05:00 am PT
Companies want to recruit workers, but have difficulty: survey
Workers are seen at a footwear factory in Dong Nai Province. Photo by VnExpress/An Phuong
Many companies are looking to recruit workers, but well over half have difficulty finding the right candidates, a survey has found.

The Vietnam Employment Outlook Survey Q3 & Q4 2022 by recruitment company ManpowerGroup Vietnam said 88% of enterprises plan to expand or at least maintain their payroll in the second half of the year.

The manufacturing, wholesale, retail, banking-finance, and professional consulting sectors expressed the greatest desire to expand.

The survey focused on mid-career jobs and found nearly half of enterprises plan to hire people with at least six months’ experience.

"The Vietnamese labor market is, from our perspective, bustling," Nguyen Xuan Son, ManpowerGroup Vietnam acting country operations manager, staffing and outsourcing services, said.

But businesses are facing challenges with 57% saying they have difficulty in hiring.

One of the challenges is that candidates do not have the soft skills they require, such as English proficiency.

Nearly one in three companies said fewer than 10% of their employees have the necessary English skills to work.

Nguyen Thu Trang, country sales manager, ManpowerGroup Vietnam, said: "The current demand for recruitment in industrial parks is vibrant, especially in manufacturing and processing, electronics and technology.

"Many employers said that they could not recruit the desired number of workers despite increasing the benefits package."

Up to 45% of surveyed employers said they intend to use seasonal or part-time workers in the next three to six months.

The survey polled more than 100 companies in 21 industries at the end of the second quarter.

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