|Deputy Director of the Overseas Labour Centre Le Manh Hung speaks with the workers.—Photo Vietnam+
SEOUL (VNS)— Viet Nam and South Korea (RoK) have introduced a number of preferential policies to encourage Vietnamese guest workers to return home on schedule when their labour contracts end.
The policies, including permission to return to work in Korea later and free vocational training to upgrade skills, were introduced on Sunday at a meeting held for Vietnamese guest workers working in Incheon city and surrounding areas.
Le Manh Hung, Deputy Director of the Overseas Labour Centre under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, spoke at the meeting about problems that had affected the programme to send Vietnamese workers to the Republic of Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS).
He said Viet Nam was no longer among the top 15 nations sending workers to Korea because many Vietnamese workers failed to go home at the end of their working contracts.
In 2012, only 8,000 out of 17,500 Vietnamese workers returned home as scheduled after their contracts ended.
The rate of overstaying among Vietnamese workers has exceeded 50 per cent over several years, compared to the average of 20 per cent among workers from other countries, Hung said.
He also said the RoK's temporary suspension of its MoU with Viet Nam had negatively impacted Vietnamese workers hoping to gain employment in the East Asian country.
At present, almost 700 workers in poor districts have passed Korean language tests but cannot register for recruitment. The applications of more than 10,000 other Vietnamese workers as well as Korean language tests for potential guest workers have been suspended, he said.
Hung informed the workers that the RoK Government has issued several incentives to foreign guest workers, most important of which is permitting those who return home on schedule to work again in Korea after a few months.
Furthermore, the Vietnamese and RoK Governments will provide free vocational training to former guest workers and introduce them to RoK companies operating in Viet Nam, he said.
A representative from the RoK Human Resource Development (HRD) said at the meeting that from February 2012, foreign workers who return home on time at the end of their contracts can receive permission to get another job in the RoK three to six months later. — VNS