Thursday, October 02, 2008

Vietnam: University engineering graduates willing to be blue-collar workers

Bachelors, engineers willing to be blue-collar workers
16:37' 01/10/2008 (GMT+7)

A job fair in Hanoi.

VietNamNet Bridge – Recruitment fairs held recently by the Hanoi Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs revealed many of the problems in the labour market in Vietnam.


Do Thi Xuan Phuong, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said since 2007 the department has organised three job fairs and nine monthly job transaction sessions. These events have enabled employers and employees to find each other and stimulated the healthy development of the labour market.


As Hanoi was expanded on August 1, 2008, the city now has 1.6 million working-age labourers. The department will hold more job transaction sessions in Ha Dong city and Son Tay city (belonging to Hanoi) on a quarterly basis besides the monthly sessions at 285 Trung Kinh, Hanoi on the 10th and 20th. From 2010-2011, Hanoi will have weekly and then daily job transaction sessions.


Tran Trung Chinh, Director of the Hanoi Employment Service Centre – the organiser of job fairs and job transaction sessions – said the centre has updated more than 20,000 jobs offered by over 8,000 companies on the centre’s website. Each job transaction session attracts more than 5,300 participants.


Chinh said employers mainly seek blue-collar workers, accounting for 50% of the jobs offered, followed by technical workers (37%), and college and university graduates (13%).


However, job fairs and transaction sessions have revealed a tremendous waste – many bachelors and engineers are ready to work as blue-collar workers!


At recent fairs and transaction sessions, employers needed to hire 6,069 college and university graduates, but they actually recruited 7,503. According to Mr. Chinh, the surplus number of employees was ready to work as blue-collar workers.


Recruiters called for 17,537 technical workers but they could employ only 4,032. It was similar to the recruitment of workers.


The fields of work that needed the highest numbers of labourers are service and trade (43%), mechanics (20%), construction (16%), electronics (12%), transportation (9%).