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Vietnam amends regulations on foreign workers’ employment

Vietnam amends regulations on foreign workers’ employment

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 17:05 GMT+7
Vietnam amends regulations on foreign workers’ employment
Foreign experts discuss work requirements with technical workers at a Chinese enterprise in Bac Ninh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Bao / Tuoi Tre

The government on Monday released a fresh decree revising and enhancing various provisions regarding the recruitment and management of foreign workers in Vietnam.

The new decree, which took effect the same day, stipulates that foreign experts must hold a university degree or higher, or an equivalent qualification, and possess a minimum of three years of work experience relevant to the intended position in Vietnam. 

Their university degree does not have to be related to the field of expertise for which they will be hired. 

Foreign technical workers are only required to undergo training for a minimum duration of one year and possess at least three years of experience relevant to the designated position in Vietnam.

Employers, excluding contractors, are obligated to provide a report to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs or the relevant Departments of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs in the respective localities at least 15 days prior to the commencement of foreign worker employment. 

This report outlines the employer’s specific requirements for the occupation that Vietnamese workers do not qualify for.

Any alterations pertaining to a foreign employee’s role, job designation, employment type, work site, or the quantity of foreign workers must also be reported to the aforementioned agencies no later than 15 days prior to the effective date of these changes.

The agencies have a duty to issue a written approval or rejection within ten working days from the date of receipt of the report.

Starting January 1, 2024, job postings for positions requiring foreign workers must be published on the online portal of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs or the employment service centers of centrally-administered cities and provinces in Vietnam.

As reported by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs, Vietnam had hosted approximately 120,000 foreign workers from more than 110 different countries and territories by the end of 2022. 

This represents an almost 20 percent increase compared to the figures from 2021. 

Among these workers, Chinese nationals make up 30.9 percent, followed by South Koreans at 18.3 percent, Taiwanese at 12.9 percent, and Japanese at 9.5 percent. 

The remaining individuals are from various other nations and regions.

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Bao Anh - Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre News

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