Back Stories » Saigon » As Young Job-Seekers Prefer Better Jobs, Saigon Faces Shortage of Manual Labor Workers

Some Saigon-based companies are struggling to find highly skilled manual workers.

According to Dan Tri, companies looking for candidates to fill manual labor positions are all suffering a dry spell as young Saigoneers prefer better jobs. At a job center in Thu Duc District, some 65% of job postings call for component assembly workers or machine operators.

Located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, Thu Duc is home to many workshops, factories and processing mills. In an interview with the newspaper, Huynh Thi Thuy Trang, a human resource executive from Nissei Electric Vietnam shared that her firm is also facing a shortage.

"The labour force in the company is very unstable lately because many female workers returned to their hometown to get married or didn't want to work the night shifts,” Trang explained.

While the hands-on work at factories might be a good starting point for fresh graduates, many experienced workers leave to pursue better endeavors with better pay and less pressure.

Speaking to Dan Tri, Hoang Ngoc Sy and his wife shared that they both formerly worked at a Panasonic factory in Vietnam, but had to find other jobs when they decided to start a family because their pay of VND6 million and VND5 million, respectively, wasn’t enough.

They now operate an online shop selling food via delivery, which allows them time and freedom to take care of their young children as well as more stable income.

Worker retention is not a problem unique to Saigon’s job market. According to a recent survey by specialist professional recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, up to 67% Vietnamese enterprises aspire to expand overseas, but finding and retaining highly skilled workers are always a big hurdle, reports Saigon Times.

This is due to the candidates’ high salary requests and low qualifications. On the employees’ side, the survey revealed that local workers are most interested in promotion prospects when looking for jobs, followed by the reputation of the company and how much they contribute to the economy and community.

[Photo via Dan Tri]

Related Articles:

Saigon Offers Workers Highest Wages in Vietnam in 2017: Report

[Photos] Sludge, Syringes and Toxic Chemicals: A Day in the Life of Saigon's Sewage Workers

Vietnam's University Graduates Struggle to Find Jobs That Match Their Skills

Related Articles

in Saigon

$100,000 Diamond Allegedly Vanishes From Woman’s Finger In HCMC Hotel

A Hanoi woman claims that she was drugged at a HCMC hotel last weekend and awoke to find that a $100,000 diamond had been pried from her ring.

in Saigon

100,000 Workers at Saigon Industrial Zones to Get Free WiFi by 2019

Workers at Saigon’s industrial zones can look forward to free WiFi access in the near future thanks to a new program.

in Saigon

100-Year-Old Trees In Front Of Opera House Cut Down To Make Way For Metro

Flower Street and the statues in front of Bến Thành Market aren’t the only sacrifices being made to accommodate the construction of Saigon’s first metro line.

in Saigon

122-Year-Old Saigon Woman Confirmed As World’s Oldest

The World Records Association (WRA) has completed the verification process and officially confirmed Saigon’s 122-year-old Nguyen Thi Tru, as the world’s oldest woman.

in Saigon

160 Wood Benches Being Added To Nguyen Hue Street

The trees that were cut down last July during construction of the metro station in front of the Saigon Opera House are making a comeback in the form of benches.

in Saigon

2 Men Arrested In HCMC For Trying To Ship Gun and Grenade In Guitar Case

Two local men were arrested last Tuesday after attempting to ship a rifle, grenade and 5 bullets to Hanoi in a guitar case. Surprisingly, neither of the men were Antonio Banderas.

Partner Content