Vietnam workers sent to Taiwan, Japan rise sharply

Vietnam workers sent to Taiwan, Japan rise sharply HCMC – The number of Vietnamese sent abroad, especially to Taiwan and Japan, for guest work rose steeply last year, according to the Department of Overseas Labor under the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs. The department’s data was quoted by the news website as indicating that more than 134,700 Vietnamese went abroad for guest work last year, beating the full-year target by a record 28.3%. “There are positive signs that traditional labor markets are maintained and new markets are developed,” said the department’s deputy head Pham Viet Huong. Many labor-exporting companies have proactively penetrated overseas labor markets, and have offered training courses on professional knowledge and language skills so that local workers become well-qualified before going abroad. Taiwan and Japan had strong demand for Vietnamese workers last year, according to the department. In particular, Taiwan took the lead in recruiting Vietnamese workers with roughly 67,000 people in 2017. This was the second year the number of laborers had exceeded 60,000 which made up about half of Vietnamese workers overseas last year. As of last November, the number of Vietnamese workers in Taiwan was more than 206,000, accounting for 30% of the total. A staggering 87% of them got jobs in the industrial production sector while the remainder was in the service sector. Huong of the department said Japan has emerged as a key destination for Vietnam’s labor export. Though Japan is a very demanding market, the number of local… [Read full story]


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