Employment security and the future of skills for Vietnamese workers in digital transformation

October 26, 2021 | 17:20
ManpowerGroup Vietnam and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) on October 25 organised the webinar Digital Transformation: International Experience in Employment Security & the Future of Skills for Vietnamese Workers.
Employment security and the future of skills for Vietnamese workers in digital transformation
Experts from ManpowerGroup Vietnam and companies discussed employment security and the future of skills for Vietnamese workers

The event aimed at discussing international experience in digital transformation and the new in-demand skills, as well as solutions to sustainable employment and the future of skills for local workers.

ManpowerGroup's ESG report 2021 on environmental action, social impact, and good governance was also discussed. The event saw the participation of executives from ManpowerGroup from Asia Pacific and Middle East and the local human resource (HR) industry, who were arguing that people’s wellbeing should be among the top priorities during the pandemic.

Le Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said, “As vaccinations are deployed, the domestic labor market is expected to recover from 2022. The pandemic requires the labour and employment sector to be more prepared and change its way of operating to a more modern and digitalised one."

Employment security and the future of skills for Vietnamese workers in digital transformation
Le Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, chaired the event

In tandem with the country’s efforts within the digital transformation, a representative from the Department of Employment under the MoLISA shared the department’s project to apply IT in connecting the local workforce with suitable jobs.

The Skills Revolution Reboot 2021 research by ManpowerGroup reveals that 38 per cent of companies globally are speeding up their digitisation and automation. Vietnam is catching up with the trend. According to a recent survey by ManpowerGroup Vietnam with the Institute of Labor and Social Affairs, up to 94 per cent of foreign-invested businesses have clear directions in enhancing the application of new technologies.

“Under the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the pandemic, employers take a more important role than ever in providing sustainable employment, and an HR department should consider adopting people-first approaches in their business strategy.” said Simon Matthews, regional manager of ManpowerGroup Vietnam, Thailand, and Middle East. "As per our findings, the top priorities of HR professionals today include employee’s health and wellbeing (63 per cent), new work models (37 per cent), and more upskilling, learning, and development for the employees (30 per cent).

As stated in the ESG 2021 report, ManpowerGroup aims to champion diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, while improving the employability and prosperity for everyone. “Now is the time to reshape a better, brighter future for workers – one that is more skilled, more diverse, and more wellbeing-orientated than we could ever have imagined,” said Jonas Prising, CEO and chairman of ManpowerGroup.

“We have obtained several achievements in our efforts towards ESG regarding People and Prosperity, such as upskilling employees and associates via the powerYOU platform with 1.3 million courses taken; connecting two million people to meaningful, sustainable work per year, and developing the Dyslexia Dynamic Report – for a better understanding of dyslexic thinking in the workplace etc,” he added.

During the webinar, Pham Hong Quan, HR head of Piaggio Asia Pacific, shared how the company’s employees were taken care of in terms of mental health during the pandemic. Meanwhile, Sam Haggag, country manager at ManpowerGroup Malaysia shared a case study about reskilling for employees during the digital era and global pandemic.

About Working to Change the World

Working to Change the World is ManpowerGroup’s ESG report 2021 which outlines the progress and plans for creating long-term value for shareholders while operating a sustainable business model that addresses the long-term imperatives of the company and society at large. During the last year, the company increased its commitment to ESG and all stakeholders to support common metrics that focus on people, prosperity, the planet, and principles of governance with new awareness and urgency.

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