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Lam Dong meets annual jobs target

Update: December, 29/2012 - 09:37

HCM CITY (VNS)— The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Lam Dong has provided jobs for 28,500 labourers as of this month, meeting 95 per cent of this year's planned target.

Of the figure, 580 people went abroad to work as guest workers, according to the province's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Truong Ngoc Ly, the department director, noted that this year a high number of people with tertiary degrees could not find jobs because supply exceeded demand. However, the market continues to need more technical workers and employees with high school degrees, but there is a shortage of applications for these kind of jobs.

"There has been no year like this year. Employers have found it difficult to find enough technical workers while having too many applications for jobs that require higher skills," he said.

This year, businesses in the province tried to recruit a total of 543 technical workers, but only 342 employees applied for the jobs, according to the province's Job Services Centre.

At least 3,000 people with university degrees have applied for jobs, but employers have only needed 90 employees with a university degree, according to the centre.

This year, there were also 952 people with college degrees seeking jobs, but only 69 positions in the province were recruited.

Ly predicted that next year there would be a shortage of technical workers and a surplus of college- and university-educated people looking for jobs.

In addition, many employees will continue to lose their jobs because companies in the province were continuing to cut back production.

As for guest workers, many of them have to take out loans to pay for their labour-export contract fees and are thus reluctant to apply for jobs in countries where the salaries are not very high.

However, in countries like Japan, where salaries are higher, job applicants often do not meet the requirements, including foreign-language skills, to work in these markets. — VNS

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