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Labour Export – Not Only A Solution To Unemployment
Ngày đăng: 22/04/2011 - Lượt xem: 2574

Labour export is now considered one of important measures to solve the problem of redundant workers in rural areas and help reduce poverty.


However, due to poor co-ordination between vocational training centres and markets which need guest workers, there is a waste of human resources here and there.

Judging from the recent return of guest workers from Libya, up to 90 percent of them were employed in the construction sector as unskilled workers on low pay, coming from poor rural areas. The number of skilled workers who could earn US$500-600 per month remains very modest.

Duong Duc Lan, deputy head of the General Department of Vocational Training under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) wonders why big businesses in the country have not recruited workers from vocational training centres. He suggests that it would better recruit those who wish to work abroad right from such centres.

Dang Nhu Loi, deputy head of the National Assembly’s Committee for Social Affairs says that due attention should be paid to improving the quality of labour resources as there are large numbers of unskilled workers seeking jobs abroad.

Is this because labour export businesses are only keen to make a quick profit by recruiting young people from rural areas? To cover all costs for going abroad, they have to work hard under the signed contract to save money. Once they have to return home ahead of time, this means running into debt.  

This year, Vietnam plans to arrange for 87,000 guest workers to work abroad but in the wake of the Libyan crisis this target may be adjusted. The MoLISA is looking for new markets while maintaining its ties with traditional markets.

Le Van Thanh, deputy head of the Overseas Labour Management Department under the MoLISA says Malaysia – one of Vietnam’s traditional markets - only needs unskilled  workers and guest workers from Libya can go there while skilled workers can work in the Republic of Korea and Japan and other demanding markets. Otherwise, workers can find a suitable job right in the country, especially in foreign-invested joint ventures.

Thanh adds that without improving the quality of labour resources, Vietnam will simply provide cheap labour. Lan admits that most guest workers sent abroad in recent years are unskilled. There is high hope that skilled guest workers will make up a greater proportion in the 2011-2015 period as well as in the 2016-2020 period.

How to make a breakthrough in the labour market remains anybody’s guess.



Source: VOV


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