Employment demand for smartphone engineers surged and made up 14 percent of the orders placed by employers at Navigos Search in the first quarter of this year, the biggest proportion of total demand in the period.

The provider of executive recruitment services explained that many major smartphone producers have chosen Vietnam as their key manufacturing base and hiring Vietnamese engineers would help them reduce production costs, The Saigon Times reported.

However, many electronics companies have found find it hard to recruit qualified candidates, according to a report released by Navigos Search early this week.

A local human resource specialist said smartphone production is still in the nascent stages of development in Vietnam, so there are not many candidates able to meet requirements of foreign employers, including English competence, communication, problem solving, creativeness and other soft skills.

The apparel sector ranked second with a recruitment demand ratio of 13 percent in the first three months of this year, followed by production management with 12 percent, consumer goods and information technology with 7 percent, financial and banking sector with 5 percent.

The highest monthly salary of 195 million VND in the period was offered by a firm in HCM City for a chief executive officer (CEO) and 118 million VND for the same position in Hanoi.

Navigos Search projected demand for smartphone engineers will rise to more than 20 percent of total employment demand in the coming time and proportions for the production, consumer goods and finance-banking sectors will remain high.-VNA