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HCM City needs 250,000 highly qualified workers

Update: December, 13/2013 - 09:20

HCM CITY (VNS) — The city forecasts a need for 265,000 employees next year, particularly for highly skilled jobs that require vocational training and experience.

Most of these positions will be in the fields of healthcare, tourism, insurance, construction and information technology, according to the HCM City Centre for Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labour Market Information.

Recruitment in 2013 fell by 14 per cent compared to last year.

Many companies this year laid off employees or ceased operations, leading to a cutback in hiring.

However, the number of seasonal jobs rose by 15 per cent compared to last year.

The centre said that companies could fill only 30 per cent of the jobs that required people with skills.

In addition, many companies in finance, banking and real estate this year decided to hire fewer people, and instead focused on attracting people with better qualifications.

Nearly 60 per cent of new graduates in finance and banking found it difficult to find a job, according to the centre's report.

A survey of 13,899 students at 47 high schools in the city this year showed that more than 30 per cent of them wanted to choose finance and banking as majors in universities, the second-ranked position behind engineering.

The number of students at high schools who want to study at the university level remains high at 81 per cent, although only 15 per cent of the jobs in the city needed bachelor's or master's level degrees.

More than 53 per cent of graduates found jobs after leaving university, according to the report. — VNS

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