The demand for unskilled labourers is considerable, but not enough candidates are being recruited, according to a job fair held in the southern province of Dong Nai on May 25.

The 21 enterprises participating in the job fair needed approximately 1,100 employees, of which 80 percent are unskilled workers.

Several foreign-invested companies offer untrained workers a monthly salary of 5-7 million VND (230-325 USD) including benefits, but they could only recruit around 30 percent of their workforce demand.

A representative from Changshin Vietnam said this year the company needed 230 workers but at the job fair most candidates were university graduates. As a result, the company was able to hire only 40 workers.

Statistics provided by the provincial Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs show that more than 47,000 local workers have found jobs since the beginning of this year, about 52 percent of the annual target.

By the end of the year, businesses need to recruit thousands of employees, mainly in the footwear, processing and manufacturing industries.-VNA