Ho Chi Minh City-based businesses will recruit 265,000 workers next year, according to the municipal Centre for Manpower Need and Labour Market Forecast.

The recruitment demand will focus on the spheres of trade, services, health care, tourism, insurance, mechanical engineering, construction, information technology, electronics and electricity.

The labour market is expected to see stable growth thanks to the recovery of the city’s economy and real estate market next year.

In 2013, unemployment has posed problems, while the quality and quantity of labourers has fallen short of the demand of the city’s key industrial sectors.

Only half of students can find suitable jobs after leaving school.

Deputy Director of the centre Tran Anh Tuan stressed the need to expand activities to introduce information about jobs at schools and training institutions, and increase the training of soft skills, including effective communication, flexibility, problem-solving, and creative thinking, for students.

It is also necessary for the city to build preferential policies on training and attract human resources to its main sectors and social sciences.-VNA