HCMC – Local labor export companies said a large number of Vietnamese workers are desperate to go back to Japan for guest work.
Local workers keen to go back to Japan
By Minh Nhat - The Saigon Times Daily
Workers seek jobs at a vocational center - Photo: Kinh Luan HCMC – Local labor export companies said a large number of Vietnamese workers are desperate to go back to Japan for guest work.
The Overseas Labor Management Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs said the Japanese market occupies nearly 70% of the total of export labor contracts that the department assessed over the past two months.
The department had thought that Vietnamese laborers were worried about the disaster that hit Japan two months ago and about radiation fears. But that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The Air Service and Trading Joint Stock Company (Airseco) said that after fact-finding trips to seven provinces in Japan last month, Japanese companies wanted to increase employment.
The company needs to recruit over 200 workers to Japan, while Human Resource Development Corp. needs 300 people to work in the fields of auto parts manufacture, lathing, food processing, clothing, mechanics and shipbuilding among others.
These positions require candidates aged between 19 and 30 who are proficient in the Japanese language with good technical skills.
Tran Van Thanh, vice director of Suleco, told the Daily on Wednesday that the number of laborers that registered through his company increased 1.5 times compared to before March. He explained that Japan needed more labor to reestablish their manufacturing base after the earthquake and tsunami.
“80% of labor demands are for the mechanical fields. We are training around 600 workers after some tests,” he added.
There are some 35,000 Vietnamese studying and working in Japan, the second-highest of the 14 foreign countries that have workers there. There are around 90 Vietnam export labor enterprises allowed to bring laborers into Japan.
Dao Cong Hai, deputy head of the Overseas Labor Management Department, told the Daily that every year, there are between 5,000 and 7,000 Vietnamese sent to Japan for work.