Dao Cong Hai, Deputy Head of the Department of Oaverseas labour (DOLAB) under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA), reveals Vietnam has dispatched almost 79,000 workers abroad as of November 2013 and is expecting to surpass the 85,000 guest worker goal by the end of this year.
The recovery of the overseas labour markets in late 2013 has prompted MOLISA to propose an increase in a 2014 labour export quota to the government.
The MoLISA is focused on major labour markets such as Taiwan (over 30,000), Japan (8,000–10,000), and the RoK (over 10,000). The government will also sign labour recruitment memoranda of understanding (MoU) with the two new Thai and Angolan markets.
Skilled Vietnamese workers have been employed in manufacturing, garments and textiles, and electronics. The RoK and Taiwan also have high demands for workers in the aquaculture, poultry breeding, transport, and fishing industries.
Hai says his department is coordinating with relevant agencies to raise financial fines on businesses demanding exorbitant fees from employees. Businesses are now paying between VND30-50 million if found to violate regulations.
The department will also take drastic measures to reduce the number of labourers absconding from work or overstaying their visas, especially in the RoK and Japan.