The Government's plans on boosting employment will include more job consultants in the years to come as well as the development of a national online job placement portal.
The plans aim to increase the number of people who find employment via job placement centres to 30 per cent in 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020.
Nguyen Thi Hai Van, deputy director of the Employment Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, discussed the plans at a meeting on job placement activities in southeastern Dong Nai Province yesterday.
Van said there was a need for more job consultants in Viet Nam as the ratio of job consultants to the total population in the country was 1/10,000, much lower than the world's average of 1/2,200.
According to the Employment Department, during the 2011-12 period, job placement centres across the country offered employment services to nearly 2.6 million people. The number of job seekers applying for vacancies at these centres increased by 12-15 per cent.
The department, however, said job placement centres only met about 30 per cent of the actual demand for placements at enterprises.
The Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of northern Hai Duong Province said there was an imbalance between supply and demand for jobs in the province, as local enterprises are in need of skilled technical workers, while there was an excess of college graduates.
An official from the HCM City Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs attributed the imbalance to the fact that Viet Nam's education system was not developed enough to keep pace with the country's economic development.
The official said it was not a lack of job opportunities but workers' lack of skills needed for available jobs that was the problem. Therefore, more creative education reforms are needed to ensure labour demands are effectively met. — VNS