Labour-related issues! Challenges ahead for Vietnam’s textile sector

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

03-August-2019  |  1 min read

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Vietnam’s apparel and textile sector has been lately facing lot of challenges especially with regard to human resource availability.

Validating the above, Nguyễn Thị Thu Trang, Director, WTO Integration Centre at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), recently said that the garment workers were producing less despite better salary structure.

Low labour productivity is indeed becoming a big concern for Vietnam’s garment and textile industry.

Productivity is even less than what it is in Singapore and Thailand!

Trang added that the population is fast ageing and even the process of recruiting workers is happening at a sluggish pace. Add to it, getting skilled workers remains a constant challenge for the industry.

With 3 million workers from more than 6,000 garment factories, the training facilities are able to meet only 1 per cent of industry’s demand for skilled employees. So, percentage of getting skilled workers is negligible.

It is imperative to note that training costs companies 6 to 12 months with salary and other financial benefits.

Vũ Đức Giang, Chairman, Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) said that the lack of a Government-level development plan for the garment and textile industry allowed local authorities to call for investment, resulting in the density of companies in the same location.

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