Việt Nam lacking IT workers despite higher salaries: TopDev

January 2, 2019 | 08:52 am GMT+7

Việt Nam will be short of 70,000 to 90,000 information and technology (IT) workers next year despite increasing salary and welfare, according to a TopDev, a recruitment network and ecosystem in mobile and IT, report on the IT market in Việt Nam.


Many start-ups have developed projects related to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the last five years in Việt Nam, which has created extraordinary value ​​for the technology industry.
Thanks to this, the salary of AI engineers is expected to increase sharply in the coming years. However, human resources are an issue for many businesses.
Although they offer salaries of VNĐ500 million per year (about US$21,600), many businesses said they could not find suitable personnel.
Recruitment depends heavily on unofficial relationships. According to TopDev’s statistics, up to 58 per cent of employers seek candidates through referral recruitment and only 51 per cent of employers recruit through official channels.
The rapid development of many new technology trends has opened up better opportunities for programmers in Việt Nam, but also causes many obstacles for employers without proper recruitment methods.
Now many businesses are looking to new recruitment methods with a longer-term vision such as employer branding to create influence and spread their image to applicants.
One of the solutions to enhance IT human resources in general and AI in particular is the combination of university training and enterprise recruitment.
Diễn Đàn Doanh Nghiệp (Business Forum) quoted Dương Trọng Tấn, an expert in the field of IT, as saying that in the era of rapid change like today, if a school was not associated with enterprises to improve their training programme and put in new content that businesses need or new technology, they could hardly keep up with the pace of economic changes.