Lacking workers, IT firms hire economics graduates

April 28, 2023 | 07:06 am GMT+7

The CEO of a tech firm in Da Nang said the number of information technology (IT) workers now available in the market can satisfy only 50 percent of total demand.


DevDay Da Nang 2023, the day for technology students and officers, was organized recently, attracting 2,000 students, experts and researchers. 

About 50 famous panel speakers from different technology fields attended the event and shared their knowledge and experiences with students majoring in technology.

This was the time for IT students to learn about job opportunities, recruitment demand, and attend group discussion sessions about technology.

Nguyen Van Nam, CEO of TAG Ventures, said Vietnam is seriously lacking workers for the IT industry. Capable IT students can find jobs even when they have not graduated from school. 

He said IT graduates who are trained well and have good knowledge can quickly adapt to the working environment and fulfill the tasks assigned to them.

“The number of IT workers now just can satisfy 50 percent of total demand. Therefore, tech firms not only recruit graduates from IT schools, but also economics schools, where there are majors related to IT,” Nam said.

Nguyen Quang Thanh, director of the Da Nang Department of Information and Communications, said there are 46,500 workers in digital technology. The city targets to have 75,000 workers in the field, which means 7,500 workers a year.

Meanwhile, Dr Nguyen Hong Hai, Vice Rector of the Da Nang University of Technology, emphasized the importance of cooperation between universities and enterprises to build a high-quality workforce in the central region, and promote the IT industry in Da Nang and contribute to economic development in the region.

A recent report about Vietnam’s IT market by TopDev showed that only 35 percent of total 57,000 graduates of universities and junior colleges can satisfy requirements of enterprises, while 65 percent cannot satisfy requirements on professional knowledge, soft skills, experience and English skills.

Navigos, in its report about the personnel demand in Vietnam in the second and third quarters of 2022, showed that the demand for personnel in the first half of 2022 increased by 20 percent over the same period of 2021. The demand for IT/software ranked third out of 10 occupations with the highest recruitment demands.