Although information technology (IT) firms offer many benefits to lure more employees, they are struggling to hire enough workers after the COVID-19 pandemic has been kept at bay in Vietnam.
FPT Software Central Region, located in Da Nang, is among the enterprises facing a dearth of human resources as the central region of Vietnam lacks qualified IT workers.
The company now plans to hire 8,000 more workers to meet the target of expanding its staff to 10,000 workers in 2024.
However, it is probably impossible, as universities in Da Nang are able to train 2,000 IT students every year while local tech firms need a much larger number of employees.
Lee Jong Wood, director of LG Vehicle Component Solutions Development Center, which is currently a workplace of 200 engineers in the central city, said the center has to recruit employees from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Therefore, local authorities should develop infrastructure and workforces to meet the needs of enterprises.
“To become an IT-based city, it needs cooperation with global companies," Lee said.
"But the key is human communication.
“We hope that the local government creates conditions for the firms to work with education centers to make training plans to meet labor demands.”
Firms join hands in training
Talking to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Nguyen Tan Khoi, head of the IT department at the University of Da Nang - University of Science and Technology, said the IT labor recruitment demand is higher and higher while supply has not yet met demand.
This is a big problem for both local IT companies and foreign direct investment firms, especially those who are seeking highly qualified workers.
Thus, the university will scale up its enrollment, work with companies to offer training programs, and help students gain more experience, said Khoi.
“We focus on new technology sectors such as data science, blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and information security,” Khoi said.
"These are key sectors leading to IT development trends in the future."
According to Nguyen Tam Tien, general director of Trung Nam Group, the company will inaugurate five electrical equipment processing facilities in Da Nang to catch up with the trend and develop new products.
“We are willing to join hands with the local government in training skilled workers for Da Nang,” Tien said.
Many IT companies in Da Nang find it hard to hire skilled employees in the context that the market is developing quickly while training schools do not meet the recruitment demand.
Nguyen Van Quang, deputy secretary of the Da Nang Party Committee, said the city would launch a project to develop and lure capable employees until 2030, while hosting more programs and activities to provide workers for enterprises.
Besides, Da Nang will have a mechanism for supporting enterprises, connecting them with local training centers and attracting skilled workers who meet their requirements.