Many enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City are facing a serious shortage of labourers after Tet (Lunar New Year) as many employees quit to seek new and better jobs, the news-in-English website dtinews.vn reported on February 8.

Even before Tet, a number of enterprises in the city had already put up hiring ads. The signs are easy to find along the streets near industrial and processing zone of Tan Tao, Tan Binh and Linh Trung.

A variety of jobs are advertised along with the benefits and bonuses that go along with them. Some firms even send out vehicles to northern and central provinces to bring new employees.

According to the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, labourers often switch jobs after Tet, so companies take the opportunity to hire. It is estimated that businesses will hire around 30,000 new labourers in first quarter of 2014.

A leather shoe company in Tan Binh Industrial Park announced they have 10,000 labourers but only 65 percent returned after the holiday.

"Some people are taking their maternal leave or their holiday while the rest have found a new jobs," a representative said.

The head of Pou Yuen Corporation in Vietnam, Cu Phat Nghiep, said they had lost 10 percent of their labourers after Tet.

Le Minh Giang, a resident of Go Vap district, said he worked at a textile company but found a new job with a more stable income and less working hours.

An official that manages industrial zones in the city said this is a difficult problem for businesses because they still depend on cheap labour sources in other provinces.

Enterprises in the city not only lost labourers to different jobs, this year also to new industrial zones that have appeared in the central region.-VNA