100,000 to 120,000 Vietnamese laborers to be sent to other countries each year by 2020

Of this number, 80 percent will be trained.

In last year’s first 11 months, 118,859 laborers, including 44,702 females, worked abroad, according to Tong Hai Nam, Deputy Head of the Department of Overseas Labor under the ministry.

Last year was the fourth consecutive year the number of laborers working abroad exceeds 100,000, Nam said.

Vietnam has averaged 87,500 laborers working abroad every year during the period 2006-2016, an increase of nearly 4.2 percent each year, according to Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

In 2016, 126,000 Vietnamese laborers went to other countries to work, an increase of 8.9 percent compared to 2015.

Of this amount, more than 30 percent were trained in 2016 while only 15 percent of the total Vietnamese workers abroad in 2015 received training.

This year, there are many new chances for Vietnamese laborers to work in new labor markets with better working conditions and higher incomes, he added.

Japan is the most attractive market this year because it will allow Vietnamese laborers to return to work for a second time in several fields. Their salary will be raised by USD 0.22 to USD 0.25. Vietnamese laborers will be allowed to prolong their working time to five years.

This year, Japan will need more high-skilled laborers, such as engineers and technicians, than manual ones.

Currently, 500,000 Vietnamese laborers are working in countries and territories, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

However, according to the ministry, violating regulations on labor continues to occur. The Department of Overseas Labor has named 46 labor export companies and revoked their licenses.

They violated the Law on Vietnamese Guest Workers, which was issued in 2006, sending workers overseas without signing labor contracts and allowing other individuals and organizations to use their licenses to illegally recruit workers and collect fees.

They also collected fees illegally from sending workers overseas and had other violations.

According to the ministry, these violations caused not only harm to the workers but also the trust with foreign companies.

The number of violating companies has been the highest ever, the department told Nguoi Lao Dong (The Laborer) newspaper.

As many as 290 labor export companies operate throughout Vietnam.

Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep told Vietnam Government Portal that  it will seek to improve the quality of sending laborers to work overseas. It, for instance, will set up strict regulations in this sector.

The ministry has instructed the department to carry out the registration of online contracts since January 1 last year. The result was announced online and was sent to companies.

Source: VNA