0809 GMT September 18, 2019
This was the fifth consecutive year the number of guest workers has increased and exceeded 100,000, vietnamnews.vn reported.
According to a report by the Labor Export Association, currently, there are 28 markets hosting Vietnamese workers, of which six employ over 1,000 workers, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Romania and Saudi Arabia.
The number of workers in Japan and Taiwan accounts for 90 percent of the total.
Notably, this year, Japan surpassed Taiwan to become the market hosting the most Vietnamese workers with more than 67,000 employees, followed by Taiwan and South Korea with about 65,000 and 6,000 workers, respectively.
Recently, the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs reported that tens of thousands of poor and ethnic minority people are currently working overseas.
Searching for stable incomes overseas was a last resort for many poor families, the ministry said.
Most of them worked in fields of machinery, construction, agriculture, fishery and domestic service.
Workers in the UAE could earn $300-$430 per month, and $260-$340 per month in Malaysia.
Incomes of guest workers in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan were higher, ranging from $645 to $860.
Normally, each worker could save at least $4,300 after three years of working overseas, said the ministry.
Thus, about 70 percent of families who had members working overseas managed to escape poverty.
Trần Thị Vân Hà, an official from the Overseas Worker Management Department said, “Previously, most workers traveled to Malaysia and the Middle East.”
“In recent years, Japan and South Korea have received a growing number of Vietnamese poor and ethnic workers,” said Hà.
With state financial assistance, poor and ethnic minority workers do not have to pay for administrative and training fees.
“The poor workers have many opportunities to work in countries like Japan and South Korea, and gain higher and stable incomes thanks to support from the Vietnamese Government,” Hà said.