Vietnam targets to send 110,000 workers abroad
Updated : Thursday, February 22, 2018 9:38 AM (GMT+0700)

TheMinistry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has set a target tosend 110,000 labourers to work abroad in 2018, with 40 percent being women. 

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has set a target to send 110,000
labourers to work abroad in 2018 - Photo:

The ministry will try tomaintain traditional labour markets like the Republic of Korea, Japan andTaiwan (China). This year, it will focus on increasing quality of the workersto ensure competitiveness and incomes.

MOLISA Deputy Minister DoanMau Dieu said that the Department of Overseas Labour should study to makerecommendations for the amendment of the law on Vietnamese workers workingoverseas under contracts while renewing inspection work.

Solutions should be deployedto strictly manage and protect the interests of Vietnamese labourers working inforeign countries, he noted.

Last year, over 134,700workers went to work abroad, including 53,340 female workers. The figureexceeded the annual plan set for 2017 by 28.3 percent. This is also the fourthconsecutive year that the number of workers sent overseas has surpassed the100,000 benchmark.

Taiwan led in hiringVietnamese guest workers with 67,000 people in 2017, nearly half of the totalnumber of Vietnamese workers overseas. As of the end of 2017, the number ofVietnamese workers working in Taiwan stood at 206,184, with 87 percent employedin industrial manufacturing and 13 percent in social services. 

Japan was the second largestmarket for Vietnamese guest workers, receiving 54,504 workers in 2017, up 36.47percent from 2016, bringing the total number of Vietnamese trainees in Japan toover 100,000, the highest among 15 countries sending trainees to Japan.

Other labour marketsreceiving large numbers of Vietnamese workers were the Republic of Korea (over5,100 workers), Saudi Arabia (3,626), Malaysia (1,551), Algeria (760) andRomania (683).

The results wereattributable to the MoLISA’s efforts like organising a conference with 280labour export enterprises to remove bottlenecks in the work and discussmeasures to improve their operation efficiency and workers’ quality.

Last year, the ministrygranted licences for 44 more labour export companies and carried outinspections in 29 firms sending workers abroad in contracts. The inspectionrevealed violations of labour export regulations at 16 companies and fivecompanies had their licenses revoked. Meanwhile, three others were ordered tosuspend their operation for 6-9 months.


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