Vietnam is taking a big step towards making the process of recruiting foreign workers with high professional skills, technical qualifications, and experience easier. This development aims to fill positions that local workers may not be qualified for, according to local news outlets reporting on Tuesday (Aug 22), citing the Ministry of Labour-Invalids and Social Affairs.
In a bid to simplify the procedure, the proposal puts forth two options. Firstly, the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs could manage foreign labourers, handling all matters including granting work permits. Secondly, the responsibility could fall on the People’s Committees of provinces and cities.
What does this mean for employers? In the first option, they need to approach only one agency for foreign workers’ work permits. The second option lets the provincial or municipal People’s Committee authorize a local agency to manage foreign workers.
Le Thi Hong Minh, a representative of Coway Vina Co. Ltd., spoke favorably about the first option, stating that it will ease the work permit application process, consequently saving both time and money for foreign workers.
Currently, foreign workers seeking work permits in Vietnam must register with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs or the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, depending on their specific roles.
But the proposal offers something more. It suggests that a foreign expert only needs relevant experience and a university degree to be eligible for a work permit, regardless of whether the degree is related to their work position in Vietnam.
As of June 2023, Vietnam has seen a significant presence of foreign workers, with 121,288 of them working in the country. This proposal, if accepted, could pave the way for more foreign talent to find opportunities in Vietnam’s growing economy.
In conclusion, the proposal has the potential to positively transform the recruitment process of foreign workers in Vietnam. It aims to make the procedure more efficient and appealing to foreign professionals, thereby fulfilling the country’s need for skilled workers in various sectors. The news is based on the article from thestar.com.my.