As many as 68,184 labourers had lost their jobs or been affected amid the COVID-19 pandemic as many enterprises in Hanoi have been forced to scale down production or temporarily suspended operations, the municipal Confederation of Labour announced on April 1.
More than 1.641 million people got new jobs in the country and abroad in 2016, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan said at a recent conference in Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh City has been sending workers abroad under various programmes in recent years, but challenges still exist, especially in training, according to the municipal Department of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs.
Vietnam will focus on completing its social welfare legal and policy system while prioritising the reform of social insurance and life-long learning for women and girls, and creating jobs for elderly and migration women, thus fulfilling the gender equality targets, stated Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Dao Ngoc Dung.
In addition to trade and investment opportunities, the participation in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will offer Vietnam a chance to modernise its labour laws and industrial relations system, thus creating sustainable jobs and bringing practical benefits to workers.
Vietnam has abundant labour resources but many enterprises in the country say they cannot recruit a sufficient number of skilled workers, and as a result, cannot expand production activities.
The Employment Service Centres of the northern province of Cao Bang and the bordering Chongzoa city in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in cross-border labour management, recruitment and supply.
Central Highlands localities are striving to generate jobs for over 113,000 labourers each year from now to 2020, thus increasing income of locals and contributing to sustainable poverty reduction in the region.
Labour disputes kept increasing over the past years and became more complicated, demonstrating a need for adjustment of related regulations and measures to improve relations between workers and employers.
The central province of Quang Nam aims to send at least 400 labourers to foreign countries this year, targeting high-income markets like the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan (China), and those with suitable requirements such as Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Vietnam government has announced sweeping changes to the guest worker program, in a bid to dramatically increase the number of skilled labourers working in foreign markets.
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.