Factories run out of workers as thousands extend Tet holiday


In Bac Giang, 72 companies have registered to recruit more than 43,000 workers through the Northern Province Employment Service, up 11 percent from the end of last year.

The shortage comes as factories resume operations this week, but workers residing in the northern highland provinces have yet to return as they wish to spend more time with their families, said Nguyen Xuan Ngoc, deputy director of the Bac Giang Industrial Park Management Board.

They are expected to return after February 15, he added.

For the first quarter of this year, 10,000 workers are needed for companies in industrial zones to compensate those who quit and increase production.

FDI companies in the textile and electronics sectors would be the biggest recruiters after Tet.

Luxshare ICT Vietnam Ltd, Apple’s industrial partner, is recruiting 30,000 new workers. Other manufacturing companies, including New Wing Interconnect Technology (Bac Giang) Co. Ltd and Lens Technology Vietnam Co. Ltd, need 1,500 to 5,000 workers.

By Tuesday, 310 of Bac Giang’s 383 businesses had resumed operations. About 135,000 workers out of 180,000, or almost 73%, have returned to work.

In Bac Ninh, about 80 percent of workers in the electronics sector have returned to work, while the recovery is happening at a slower pace in the textile and footwear industries.

Nguyen Thi Van Ha, president of the Bac Ninh Labor Confederation, said many workers have yet to return. Unions and companies have asked them to return soon, she said.

Many factories in Bac Ninh are still short of workers after the province was hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak in May 2021.

To deal with the shortage, the province has advised companies to connect with employment centers and expand recruitment activities to provinces with large numbers of available workers, such as Ha Giang, Phu Tho, Thanh Hoa. , Ninh Binh and Nghe An.

Bac Ninh has more than 450,000 employees working in nearly 1,200 companies. Most workers come from other provinces, with locals accounting for only 25% of labor demand.

Largest number of returnees

In the south, the rate of returning workers is higher, but many manufacturing and technology companies are still rushing to recruit workers as foreign companies show interest in setting up or expanding operations in Vietnam.

According to the HCMC Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, from Monday – the first working day of the Lunar New Year, the rate of workers returning to work has reached 94% compared to the pre-Tet work force. .

However, he estimates that companies need up to 75,000 additional workers to expand production. Information technology, electrical and electronics are the main sectors recruiting for the extra workers, he added.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Labor and the Industrial Parks Management Board of Binh Duong Province said 70 to 80 percent of workers in large enterprises had returned, a figure higher than the previous year.

In Dong Nai, the worker return rate was 95 percent, according to the Southern Province Labor Federation.


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