Foreign sector manufacturers at the Vinh Phuc Industrial Park in northern Vietnam report they are facing a chronic shortage of highly skilled apprentices and unskilled production workers.
Whether it be production linemen, machine operators, warehouse personnel or in the front office— the manufacturing segment is facing a critical worker shortage and struggling to meet its needs, said Nguyen Tien Hanh.
Mr. Hanh, who serves as the director of Investment Promotion and Support Department for the province of Vinh Phuc, noted many parks in the province urgently need industrial workers, particularly skilled machinists.
He said, at the Khai Quang Industrial Zone in Vinh Yen City there is an immediate need for 5,000 workers to assemble electronic components with average monthly earnings ranging US$260-US$350 (VND6million-8 million).
At another park, AMOVINA, needs roughly 500 unskilled workers with initial starting wages of US$180 per month.
Mr. Hanh, added that in total another 25,000 jobs will open once construction of the facilities for the Japan-based Sumitomo Group at the Thang Long Vinh Phuc Industrial Park is finished.
The biggest problem, said Mr. Hanh, is in finding workers with the proper training and the worker shortage crisis isn’t going away until the government resolves the question of who should fund the cost of it.VOV