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Recruitment leaflets seeking workers are appearing in Ho Chi Minh City.


Even more, some employers have announced they will provide dormitory accommodations to workers who have official labor contracts. The recruitment formalities have also been also simplified. Some firms have only asked applicants to submit a copy of their ID card and three 3x4 cm portraits. The Nidec Company only requires a 7th grade education. Thus, workers have various choices.

Nguyen Hong Nga, a worker at the Tan Thuan EPZ, was looking for a new job after finishing her shift. “My current company pays a reasonable salary but the work is quite heavy. While many companies are recruiting workers, I’m looking for a more suitable job,” she said.

Easy to fire, hard to hire

When workers were being laid off under the impact of the global economic crisis, many labor experts warned that it is easy to cut workers but it will be difficult to recruit them again.

In the past, it was always hard for employers in IZs and EPZs to find workers directly after the lunar New Year holiday. This year, many laid-off workers have returned to their home provinces and are still there. Consequently, plants in IZs and EPZs near HCM City face a shortage of workers.

In an early April meeting of district level staff at the HCM City Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, reports from districts revealed good prospects for a pickup in the labor market. However, Deputy Department Director Nguyen Van Xe, would only say “It is not possible to confirm that the crisis is over, but many companies have had new orders and are recruiting large numbers of workers. The labor market is getting warm”.

However, along with the heating up of the labor market, some companies are worried that they cannot not recruit workers. “A company announced it would recruit 1,000 workers in March but until now they haven’t hired enough,” said Doan Thi Thu Ha, the chief of HEPZA’s Labor – Wage Division.

The person in charge of human resources at Nidec Company said the firm has advertised to recruit workers with a rather attractive salary package since mid-April but it has so far recruited only about 100 workers.