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Over 46.8 percent workers in HCM City affected by COVID-19 pandemic: survey

by VNA04 January 2022 Last updated at 18:00 PM

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More than 180800 labourers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for 46.88 percent of the total number of employees in HCMC, according to the Centre of Forecasting Manpower Needs and Labour Market Information Ho Chi Minh City FALMI.

This is the result of a survey on the labour demand conducted on about 15,600 enterprises with over 385,700 workers in the locality.

The survey found that more than 110,500 employees have been put on furlough since the outbreak of the pandemic, accounting 61.15 percent of the total number of affected persons while 42,300 people have lost jobs or 23.4 percent.

The number of labourers who have taken unpaid leave and have their labour contracts temporarily terminated was 11,000 and 10,800 which is equal to 6.06 and 5.97 percent, respectively. In the last months of 2021, about 6,400 companies have laid off employees in various forms in the last months of 2021, accounting for 41 percent. Of which, enterprises that reduce employee working hours make up 54.6 percent while those that allow labourers to take unpaid leave accounting for 19.74 percent, the survey said.

According to a representative of FALMI, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on economic growth and social life. However, as the COVID-19 have been under control, enterprises have gradually resumed production, making recruitment plans to meet the business demand in the new situation. Currently, HCM City is continuing to implement many policies to support businesses and workers who face difficulties due to the pandemic.

The city administration is also adopted measures that helped control the pandemic and restore the economy. The FALMI representative recommended enterprises create a safe and healthy workplace, adding that favourable conditions should be created to retain employees. Workers are encouraged to share difficulties with businesses.

They are also advised to improve their responsibilities and skills to adapt to changes in the labour market in the new situation.

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