|A candidate is interviewed at the annual Korea-Việt Nam job fair in HCM City on June 28. The fair attracted 45 Korean firms and 1,400 job applicants this year. — VNS Photo|
HCM CITY — Korean investment in Việt Nam is expected to rise further, increasing demand for labour, according to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (Kotra).
South Korea is already the largest foreign investor in Việt Nam, according to the Foreign Investment Agency, with a total of US$64.55 billion in 7,905 projects, accounting for over 18 per cent of FDI.
At a Korea-Việt Nam job fair that opened on Friday (June 28) in HCM City, 45 Korean firms hired Vietnamese for positions in production, quality management, import-export management, HR, interpretation, accounting, sales and marketing, with the largest demand being for sales, marketing and production management personnel and interpreters.
They included subsidiaries of major companies such as Lotte, Posco, LG, Daesang, Emart, Shinhan Bank, and Korea Exchange Bank,
Nearly 1,400 Vietnamese took part in the fair.
Speaking about the Vietnamese workforce, Kim Hyeri, a Kotra executive in HCM City, said its quality has improved significantly in recent years.
Vietnamese labourers are diligent and scrupulous but need to improve their technical skills, she said.
The fair also featured a seminar on start-ups to apprise students and graduates with information about the country’s start-up eco-system and support programmes that are available for start-up individuals and organisations.
Organised by KOTRA and the South Korean consulate in HCM City annually since 2013, the fair seeks to support Korean companies but also offer Vietnamese students an opportunity to embark on careers. — VNS