The HCM City Centre for Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labour Market Information has said the market will need more than 45,000 workers this month, an increase of 15-20 per cent over May.

Director of the centre, Tran Anh Tuan, said enterprises would be looking to hire more people as they plan their production and business activities for the rest of the year.

The textile and garment, leather shoes, electronics, foodstuff processing, seafood and retail sectors were likely to need workers the most, he said.

The City's industrial parks and export processing zones are looking to hire 12,000 workers this month. Of these 25 per cent would be university or college-graduates, while those with high-school education would account for 50 per cent.

Seasonal jobs

At least 7,000 seasonal jobs will be on offer this month in the fields of production, service, consumer business and product marketing in the supermarkets.

Enterprises are looking to take full advantage of increased business prospects during the three-month summer vacation that has begun, and will hire workers for this purpose, Tuan said.

The HCM City Economics University and online employment agency last Saturday organised a Student Career Day to help city youth develop careers commensurate with their qualifications and expectations.

Tran Hoang Ngan, deputy rector of the HCM City Economics University, said the job festival day aimed to bridge labour supply and demand as well as satisfy students' information needs.

He said most students feel confused about how to prepare for the competition in the labour market despite having done well at college, and such festivals would let them know what skills they need in a real working environment.

Last Saturday's event saw 40 companies looking to hire 279 managerial cadre personnel and 8,457 workers for the information technology, service, banking and insurance sectors.

Of the 40 companies, 12 had placed no limits on the number of workers they would hire with specific qualifications, Ngan said.

Mai Thi Xuan Phuong, a fourth-year economics student, said such events were valuable in acquainting students with the soft skills needed to succeed in interviews and later in their career. These events also provided an opportunity for students to practise their soft skills, he said. — VNS