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50% of VN firms keep staff paid amid Covid

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The East Asia University of Technology in Vietnamese capital Hanoi. The information technology (IT) industry has had the highest demand for workers during Covid. EAST ASIA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

50% of VN firms keep staff paid amid Covid

More than half of Vietnamese companies in information technology (IT), finance- and banking-insurance and import-export have not laid off employees or cut salaries or benefits during the prolonged pandemic, according to a report by recruitment company VietnamWorks.

According to the report, when the outbreak is controlled, 50 per cent of enterprises plan to recruit new and inexperienced employees since they still need to meet overheads after many months without any business.

But with society and the economy gradually entering a “new normal”, workers too are likely to have new requirements, the report warned.

They might not only look for attractive salaries or benefits but also consider the working mode and operating model of the employer, and so businesses need to come up with new strategies to attract talent, it said.

“Covid-19 and The Labour Market in 2021: Situations and Solutions” collected data from 400 enterprises and 1200 job seekers in August, which showed 49.9 per cent either sacked workers or cut wages.

Some 11.6 per cent continued to hire.

But three per cent stopped operating temporarily, 7.3 per cent laid off employees but did not cut salaries or benefits and 9.4 per cent chose to both lay off employees and cut salaries.

Businesses in the food, hotel, tourism, education, construction, and architecture sectors were severely affected, leading to a high number of lay-offs and huge cut in salaries and benefits.

Employees in the administration/secretarial, sales and customer service departments were the first to be sacked.

According to the Youth Employment Service Centre of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), many companies in commercial services, delivery, accounting, banking, and IT need a large number of workers now.

The centre is carrying out a programme to help unemployed workers find jobs, rent cheap rooms and get free Covid tests.

It is also working with authorities in Ninh Thuan, Soc Trang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, and Binh Duong provinces to help people there find jobs in HCMC.

The Employment Service Centre under the city Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs is cooperating with labour agencies in districts to organise online job fairs to bring enterprises and workers together.

A report by the HCMC Centre for Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labour Market Information shows city businesses will need 44,000-57,000 workers in the year’s last quarter.

The centre said this is the time when businesses increase production to meet the surging demand during the Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays in the early part of the new year.

It added that demand for labour is high in trade-commerce, IT, customer care, tourism, hotels and restaurants, electricity, food, and construction.



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