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Update: March, 29/2013 - 10:17

Manual workers lack the basic skills required to obtain jobs

Job seekers apply for employment interviews at a job fair in Ha Noi's Son Tay Town. Demand for manual workers is huge but such people are seemingly not interested in finding jobs through job placement centres. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Viet

HA NOI (VNS)— The demand for unskilled workers is high, but they rarely attend job placement events, according to the Ha Noi Job Placement Centre.

Vu Thi Thanh Lieu, head of the centre's Labour Market Information Department, said previous job transaction sessions revealed that the supply and demand for skilled workers were much more balanced than the supply and demand for unskilled individuals.

During last month's job placement sessions, for instance, the proportion of college graduates who found employment reached over 50 per cent –while only 8-11 per cent of less-skilled individuals succeeded.

Unskilled workers may not be interested in looking for jobs through job placement sessions. Luong Thi Sao Mai, HR officer of the House Cleaning Service Development Company, pointed out that the company needed over 50 unskilled workers but received only a trickle of applications.

"In previous job placement sessions, we received only four or five applications a day," the HR officer said.

Luong Hong Thuong, finance and human resources director of the Tien Du Lighting Company, said it was difficult to find workers for construction projects due to the limited number of applicants, while positions like administrative officials were easy to fill.

Lieu explained that unskilled workers had not developed the habit of coming to job transaction events to find jobs and instead found employment through word of mouth.

Nguyen Thi Hong Mai, an HR officer at the Mechanical and Electrical Design Jointstock Company, said only a few experienced and competent workers went to transaction sessions to look for job opportunities.

Moreover, according to labour experts, unskilled workers often fail to include enough information about themselves and their capacities when they fill out applications. Thuong said his company frequently received incomplete applications.

Lieu said to attract more unskilled workers, the Job Placement Centre hoped to organise more sessions in industrial areas and suburban districts.

The centre is also working to simplify application procedures and employ advisory officers to help workers with the application process. — VNS


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