Bắc Giang aims to attract more workers

June 12, 2024 - 21:09
Survey results and information from the Bắc Giang Employment Service Centre indicate that this year, enterprises in the province require over 112,000 workers, with more than 68,000 of them being female, accounting for 60.79 per cent.
Representatives from companies give consultancy on vocational enrollment and job introduction at the Lục Ngạn District Job Fair in Bắc Giang Province in 2024. — Photos courtesy of the Bắc Giang Province

BẮC GIANG—With more orders and the expansion of production and trading, many businesses in Bắc Giang Province need a significant number of workers.

To ensure sufficient labour resources, the province is actively implementing various solutions.

Diverse recruitment methods

Survey results and information from the Bắc Giang Employment Service Centre indicate that this year, enterprises in the province require over 112,000 workers, with more than 68,000 of them being female, accounting for 60.79 per cent.

Some businesses are seeking a large number of workers. For example, Fuyu Precision Technology Co Ltd in Quang Châu Industrial Park plans to employ about 8,500 workers, while New Wing Interconnect Technology Co Ltd in Vân Trung Industrial Park needs over 13,000 workers.

Recruitment efforts are primarily focused on the manufacturing and assembly of electronic components and garments.

People read information about labour export at the Lục Ngạn District Job Fair in Bắc Giang Province in 2024.

To meet the large labour demand, companies are deploying numerous solutions, such as sharing information online and directly on social platforms like TikTok, Facebook, and Zalo; coordinating with local employment service centres in different provinces and cities; conducting internal recruitment; and signing cooperation agreements with human resource suppliers.

Business representatives have noted that the current progress in labour recruitment has not met production requirements. This is because businesses seek a large number of workers at the beginning and middle of the year, leading to hiring difficulties.

Director of the Bắc Giang Employment Service Centre, Nguyễn Văn Huế, said that to attract workers, many companies have proactively lowered requirements. These measures include expanding the hiring age to 40 (previously mainly from 18 to 35 years old), minimising unnecessary documents, and enhancing remuneration policies such as transport fares, meals, and creating a better working environment.

Luxshare-ICT Việt Nam Co Ltd, which specialises in assembling electronic components, has four factories in the Vân Trung Industrial Zone and the Quang Châu Industrial Zone in Việt Yên Town. The company currently employs about 35,000 workers, with an average income of VNĐ8-12 million (US$314-470) per person per month.

This year, the company needs about 40,000 workers, with a requirement of 22,000 in the first six months alone. Despite implementing dozens of solutions to attract workers, the company has not yet reached its recruitment goals.

Enterprises interview workers directly at the spring job fair this year, which connects 15 northern provinces and cities.

Đỗ Quân, the company’s Personnel Director, said that this year, the number of orders was stable, leading to a need for as many as 10,000 workers during peak periods.

To attract workers, the company actively cooperates with local departments of labour, invalids, and social affairs, as well as employment service centres in several northern provinces, to organise job fairs. It also encourages referrals from internal employees and collaborates with suppliers during peak periods.

Recently, the company introduced a new method of recruiting workers from provinces outside of Bắc Giang via livestream. Additionally, it continues to improve meals, accommodation, and travel conditions for employees.

Authorities’ support

The Bắc Giang Employment Service Centre signed a memorandum of understanding on labour supply with the Bắc Giang Mountainous College and the Hồng Hải Science and Technology Group.

Bắc Giang Province has a large population and a significant labour force, but because the demand is concentrated in electronic component manufacturing, the number of workers is temporarily insufficient when demand is high.

To support businesses, Bắc Giang has implemented various methods. The province organised symposiums on labour so that enterprises could discuss and overcome obstacles.

Director Huế said that at the beginning of the year, the centre reviewed and collected statistics about business demand, thereby creating a suitable plan for consulting and introducing jobs. Every week, the centre synthesises labour needs and updates the information on the website vieclambacgiang.vn so that workers can register.

The centre coordinates with other centres in different provinces and cities to regularly hold online job transactions, where companies can interview and select workers.

This year, in addition to periodic, mobile, and online job transactions, the centre focuses on thematic sessions for those who were formerly exported workers, soldiers, and people from remote and ethnic group areas.

The province also sends working delegations, led by provincial leaders, to some northern provinces to support businesses in recruiting workers.

Deputy Director of the Bắc Giang Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Trần Văn Hà, said that in March this year, the provincial People's Committee assigned four teams to Lạng Sơn, Cao Bằng, Hòa Bình, and Sơn La provinces to exchange information.

They agreed with these provinces on policies and plans to create jobs for workers and ensure labour resources for businesses. The provinces will work together to arrange conferences on the issue, both in-person and online.

In the coming time, the province will regularly work with other localities to promote communication about the production and trading activities of enterprises. It will also announce working conditions and accommodation for workers, short-term and long-term recruitment, enterprises’ policies for employees, and the province's message on attracting workers from other localities. — VNS