The total number of Vietnamese labourers working abroad in the first seven months of 2023 hit more than 85,200, over 77 per cent of the full year's projection, according to information from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA).
Japan is the largest labour market with more than 41,100 employees, followed by Taiwan with nearly 40,000, South Korea with nearly 1,800, and China with about 1,000 workers.
Historically, Japan has consistently been the preferred destination of most Vietnamese labourers due to its good working conditions, attractive income, and the many job opportunities available.
In July 2023, the Department of Overseas Labour under the MoLISA and the Japanese province of Wakayama signed an MoU to receive Vietnamese workers to that part of the country.
Wakayama is promoting its policy to train and admit Vietnamese interns, skilled workers, and engineers to study and work in Japan due to a shortage of local human resources. Through the MoU, Vietnamese employees can train and work within the framework of Vietnamese and Japanese laws.
The MoLISA will create communication channels to handle situations arising from any problems swiftly, and to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese workers in Japan.
Meanwhile, JHL Vietnam Group and Nozomi Japan have signed an agreement to deploy a Japanese-standard, e-learning training course for caregivers in Vietnam, with the participation of the Department of Overseas Labour, General Directorate of Vocational Training, and the Embassy of Japan.
The signing ceremony marked the introduction of the scheme for students who wish to specialise in caring for the elderly, according to Japanese standards, to colleges and vocational secondary schools throughout Vietnam.