Vietnamese workers facing difficulties despite new wave of Japanese investment
Though the shift by Japanese firms from China to Vietnam will be economically beneficial, Vietnamese workers may not be able to take advantage, many experts worried. If the Covid-19 containment efforts progress well and international flights resume soon, the country could see a big wave of investment by Japanese firms in the fourth quarter that could boost recruitment demand, recruitment firm Navigos Search told VnExpress.
The firms are expected to set up shop in the Thang Long Industrial Zone 3 in the northern province of Vinh Phuc and Dong Van 3 Industrial Park in nearby Ha Nam Province, according to experts from Navigos Search.
However, it would not mean dream jobs for Vietnamese workers as recruiters saying salaries would not be high due to the impacts of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Japanese businesses are not only recruiting Vietnamese people. Many businesses are looking for Korean candidates to run their activities to supply Korean electronics brands and their suppliers in Vietnam.
Moreover, Vietnamese workers are also not noted for their soft skills, which have a bearing on job prospects.
According to a Japanese CEO of a paint company, many Vietnamese workers are highly skilled but lack the curiosity to learn things. Nguyen Tuong Hai, founder and general director of Dung Giang Nozomi, a company that hires guest workers for Japan, agreed that Vietnamese workers are skilled but often neglectful, distracted and fail to make a distinction between responsibilities and obligations.
In a report Navigos Search said that a majority of Japanese companies reduced working hours or cut salaries or payrolls in the second quarter of this year while others, due to difficulties faced by their parent company in Japan, even had to temporarily stop operations in Vietnam, leaving many people unemployed.
An official list released by Jetro last month showed 15 out of 30 Japanese firms the Japanese government has helped move out of China to Southeast Asia have opted for Vietnam.
Jetro said the subsidies would range from $900,000 to $46.5 million and partly cover the moving expenses.
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