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Northern Vietnam’s previous COVID-19 hotbed in hunger for factory workers

Northern Vietnam’s previous COVID-19 hotbed in hunger for factory workers

Saturday, July 17, 2021, 16:09 GMT+7
Northern Vietnam’s previous COVID-19 hotbed in hunger for factory workers
A worker resumes work at Hana Micron Vina Co., Ltd in Van Trung Industrial Park, Viet Yen District, Bac Giang Province, Vietnam, July 9, 2021. Photo: Giang Son Dong / Tuoi Tre

More than 340 companies in Bac Giang are seeking as many as 45,000 workers to fill up vacancies upon their operation resumption as the northern Vietnamese province has put the COVID-19 outbreak under control.

Bac Giang is no longer the locality hardest hit by the coronavirus in Vietnam, with only four infections recorded over the past seven days.

As production activities have resumed after a two-month suspension for COVID-19 prevention, 343 companies, which employed a total of about 150,000 workers previously, have sought to hire at least 45,000 substitutes for those who left.

“Currently, employers do not require much qualifications and experience from new workers,” said Hoang Van Thang, head of labor and employment at the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.

“Many companies only require employees to complete the education program of sixth or ninth grade [in Vietnam’s K-12 system],” Thang added.

“Most of the applicants will be accepted immediately and will receive short-term training to meet the job requirements.”

Companies have also offered many incentives such as housing, travel and meal allowances, according to Thang.

In addition, they have arranged convenient recruitment process for applicants, with every step being performed online and via phone calls.

Successful candidates will be tested for COVID-19, using the real-time PCR method, before starting their job.

Nguyen Van Hue, an officer from Bac Giang Employment Service Center, affirmed that the supplies of qualified workers are abundant, citing the large numbers of dwellers from neighboring provinces that previously had working experience in Bac Giang.

Those experienced workers were asked to stay home to help curb the coronavirus spread.

They hope to return to work as soon as possible, according to Hue.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 2,105 local coronavirus infections, including 1,769 in the current virus hotbed Ho Chi Minh City, taking the national tally to 46,292 patients on Saturday morning.

Recoveries have risen to 10,020 while the death toll has reached 225.

Up to 42,633 cases have been recorded in the ongoing infection round that erupted in the country on April 27. 

Bac Giang Province, with 5,729 confirmed COVID-19 cases, had been the hardest-hit Vietnamese locale before Ho Chi Minh City’s caseload surpassed 6,000 on July 4. 

The southern city is leading the table with 25,682 infections so far.

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