|Vietnamese encouraged to return in high-tech roles, illustration photo/ Source: freepik.com
After a working trip to Australia in August, Phan Huu Thang, president of the Institute for International Investment Studies (ISC), and other members of the institute have been actively working with the Association for Liaison with Overseas Vietnamese (ALOV) to build plans to create a convenient bridge for overseas Vietnamese to return to Vietnam.
During the past two months, representatives of the ISC and ALOV have worked with some localities to study the demand for attracting talents, including overseas Vietnamese ones. According to the plan, at year-end, they will organise a meeting with the participation of overseas Vietnamese to connect them with one another.
The units also have plans to cooperate with other parties to organise a series of programmes to connect this high-quality labour force with the business community.
“In recent working trips overseas, I have had opportunities to speak with many overseas Vietnamese and I see their desire to come back to Vietnam from both the old and young generation. One of the reasons is that Vietnam has become a magnet to pull in foreign investors, thus opening prominent job opportunities for them,” Thang said.
Meanwhile, enterprises, especially foreign-invested firms, in Vietnam have a thirst for high-quality labourers.
“When I worked with a French company, which has plans to invest in a plant to manufacture components and spare parts for aeroplanes in Vietnam, their first concern was whether Vietnam could meet the demand for a skilled labour force,” Thang added. “I also know that many foreign-invested companies recruit overseas Vietnamese as experts, consultants, and engineers.”
Thang and other experts also forecast that the demand for recruitment of overseas Vietnamese would continue to increase as Vietnam is in a rush for investment inflow in high-tech sectors.
Nguyen Phu Binh, chairman of the ALOV told VIR, “Along with the talents of those in the second and the third generation of overseas Vietnamese, we can see the diversified labour force from Vietnamese professionals who are working abroad after graduating from international universities, especially in the United States, EU, Japan, and South Korea.”
According to Binh, to draw in these talents, the government must have suitable remuneration policies. “One of the most important factors to convince overseas Vietnamese to return to the homeland is trust. They expect to be respected and to be appointed to a job position which is suitable for their capacity, not on grace only,” Binh said.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has often encouraged overseas Vietnamese to return to the country. On a working trip to the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly in September, the PM hosted a reception for a delegation of politicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. At the event, he underlined that Vietnam would always welcome overseas Vietnamese to return to their home country.
In addition, on a trip to Brazil, he also spent time meeting representatives of the Vietnamese community.
There are currently around 5.3 million Vietnamese people living and working in more than 130 countries and territories across the world. Over 70 per cent of Vietnamese people living abroad plan to return to their homeland to live and work within the next five years, according to a survey published in July by recruitment consulting company Robert Walters.
This survey, which involved just over 800 participants, also points out many other key factors that increase the desire to return to the homeland of Vietnamese people abroad. Just over 60 per cent of surveyed people said that their emotional, social, and cultural connection to Vietnam motivated them to return home. This number is up by 13 per cent compared to the last survey in 2021.
Meanwhile, 53 per cent of participants said they thought they would have attractive career opportunities in Vietnam.
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