|Vietnamese labourers in Taiwan.— Photo dantri
by Minh Thi
HA NOI (VNS)— The market for overseas labourers in Taiwan - including Vietnamese - has taken a positive turn.
This follows an announcement by the Taiwanese Council of Labour Affairs last month that it was raising their minimum basic wage and expanding quotas in production sectors.
In particular, the basic minimum wage has been raised to NT$19,047 (nearly US$650) since April, an increase of about 6 per cent against the previous level, according to the Vietnamese Department of Overseas Labour.
The Taiwanese Council of Labour Affairs has also approved an increase of 5 per cent in the quota for guest workers in six sectors: textiles, bag and luggage manufacture, frozen-food production, production of bicycle components, printed circuit-board manufacture, semi-conductor production and packaging.
In addition, three new sectors have been allowed to start recruiting guest workers: helmet manufacturers, producers of hygienic products and the cosmetics industry.
Pham Thanh Hung, director of the Viet Nam General Import - Export and Technological Transfer Co Ltd (Vinagimex) predicted that Viet Nam will be able to send more workers to Taiwan this year, partly thanks to a decrease in guest workers from other countries to Taiwan, such as Thailand and the Philippines.
Thailand, for example, is no longer interested in sending manual workers overseas. It now prefers to send skilled workers so that they can improve their expertise and contribute to Thailand's development.
As for his own company's target, Hung said he expected to enjoy an increase of 150 per cent in workers' export this year.
He said during the first quarter of the year, Vinagimex had managed to send an extra 150 per cent more workers to Taiwan, indicating his hopes for the future.
Hung added Taiwan was a stable market for labour export for Viet Nam because it offered good incomes and had solid labour legislation and enforcement.
According to the Department of Overseas Labour, Viet Nam is currently the second exporter of workers to Taiwan, behind Indonesia.
The department's statistics also show that during the first three month of the year, Taiwan was the leading receiver of Vietnamese labour, welcoming nearly 8,400 workers.
That was far higher than the number sent to other countries - nearly 2,500 to Malaysia and 2,300 to Japan. — VNS