Ho Chi Minh City is forecast to require 35,000 additional workers for the textile, leather and footwear, construction, power supply, electronics and telecom, marketing, and services sectors.
According to the HCM City Center for Human Resources Forecast and Labor Market Information, half of the demand is for unskilled workers and 15 percent for semi-skilled workers.
Tran Anh Tuan, deputy director of the center, said the demand rose by 45 percent in February.
The city’s labor market was more stable now than in the same period last year, he said.
Although thousands of unskilled workers were hired in the first two months of the year, the turnover rate was not very high and labor shortages faced by labor-intensive firms were not as bad as last year.
Many enterprises, chastened by their past experiences, began to pay greater attention to the wages and social welfare of their employees, ensuring many would return to work after the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays, unlike in previous years.
Around 90 percent of workers in labor-intensive industries returned to work, not including those who joined other companies in the city after returning, Tuan said.