Labour shortage is one of the headaches faced by companies in industrial parks (IPs) and export-processing zones (EPZs) in Ho Chi Minh City, a local newspaper has reported.

Labour demand in the city’s IPs and EPZs rose slightly in the first quarter of this year, especially for unskilled labourers, which is attributable to a number of workers having quit jobs in the year to date and operational enterprises’ strong need for production expansion, said the Saigon Times Daily.

The demand at local enterprises in EPZs and IPs was estimated at about 17,130 workers in the first quarter, particularly in textile-garment and footwear-leather industries.

Meanwhile, the job placement and corporate assistance centre of Hepza could only introduce 1,480 candidates to these employers but only 450 of them met employers’ recruitment requirements.

Despite the rising employment demand, the city has seen a labour undersupply in EPZs and IPs. To deal with the situation, the Hepza centre has worked with the Voice of HCM City (VOH) to air information about recruitments by enterprises at IPs and EPZs in the city in the latter’s radio programmes.

Besides, to ensure a sustainable labour supply, the centre has also joined forces with vocational schools and other localities to organise training courses for workers.

For instance, the centre and the Military Region 9 Vocational School in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long have jointly supplied skilled workers for EPZs and IPs in HCM City.
Also, the centre has counselled job seeking skills or organised job fairs for students from Ton Duc Thang University and HCM City Economics and Technology College among others.

Currently, there are around 1,290 investment projects in local EPZs and IPs with total registered capital of over 8 billion USD. The current number of employees at these IPs and EPZs are roughly 269,800, dropping by more than 4,200 compared to the same period in 2013.-VNA