Vietnam sent more than 25,766 workers overseas in the first quarter this year, up 10.7 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Overseas Labour Management Department (OLMD) under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

The figure represented 27 percent of the year's target.

In March alone, as many as 8,560 went abroad under working contracts, mostly to Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and Middle East countries.

Vietnam sent a record-high 105,840 guest workers abroad in 2014, 110 percent of the year's target, according to statistics from the OLMD.

Compared to 2013, the number of Vietnamese guest workers sent to Taiwan increased to 62,000 from 46,000, while those working in Japan rose from 9,600 to nearly 20,000.

According to Nguyen Luong Trao, Chairman of the Vietnam Labour Export Association, last year the highest number of guest workers went to Northeast Asia, around 90,000, accounting for 86 percent of the total 40 labour-export markets.-VNA