Demand for IT workers surges

Ngoc Huynh

The IT sector has increasingly high demand for new staff as globalization has enabled foreign firms to set up shop in the country and local companies to expand cooperation with international partners.

Last year revenue of the IT sector amounted to VND939 trillion in 2016, up 10% against 2015, according to a report by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The sector employed a record of nearly 15,000 workers last year, double that in 2013, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports, citing the job search website Vietnamworks.

Hoang Nam Tien, chairman of FPT Software, said the company is looking for 20,000 software engineers, programmers and testers.

FPT Japan, a subsidiary of FPT Software, has become the largest foreign IT firm in Japan with 760 employees working at four offices. This year it plans to expand its headcount to 3,000 people.

Misa Software Company is recruiting about 60 people specializing in programming and network security. Vuong Le Vinh Nhan, director of TrustPay, said the company also wants 30 new IT employees to implement the CitiPass prepaid travel card project.

Foreign enterprises such as Samsung, LG and Intel and state-owned enterprises also want to add IT staff. Samsung Vietnam has introduced the Samsung Talent Program (STP) worth VND8.5 billion to scout for talent.

Vietnam is forecast to fall short of about 70,000 IT employees by the end of 2018 though there are nearly 80,000 IT graduates in 2017 and 2018.

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