Demand for seasonal Tet workers on rise

February 1, 20167:00 am469 views
Demand for seasonal Tet workers on rise
Students are seeking seasonal jobs at a centre in Ha Noi. The rising demand for part-time workers as the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches is creating more opportunities for workers and students to earn money and gain work experience.— Photo

The rising demand for part-time workers as the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday approaches is creating more opportunities for workers and students to earn money and gain work experience.

Tran Quang Trung, a fourth year student of the Ha Noi University, said he had been offered a part-time job to deliver cakes during the holiday, expecting to earn VND3 million ($130) a month, plus an additional bonus.

“With the money, I can help my parents a little,” he said.

The HCM City Student Assistance Centre (SAC) said it received lots of students searching for job information over the past few days.

A representative of the SAC said the centre strives to introduce work to 5,000 students before and during the holiday which falls on February 8.

Nguyen Manh Tu, a fourth year student of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity, said he found a part-time job wrapping presents at a supermarket and earned VND2 million ($80) per month.

In previous years, Tu returned to his homeland to enjoy the holiday with his family. But this year he stayed in the city to earn some money for his school fees.

The demand for part-time work during the holiday increased by 20 per cent compared with the previous year, Tin Tuc (News) reported. Most frequently, employers sought product promoters, security guards, restaurant servers and cashiers.

A presentation from the Viet My Mechanics Company in Ha Noi said the company received more orders by January, the end of the 2015 lunar year, so it needed to hire about 20 business workers for a salary of VND4.5 million ($200) per month plus commission.

Nevertheless, experts warned that workers should be vigilant to avoid being swindled by illegal middle men.

Nguyen Thi Ha, from Ha Noi, said she was introduced to a job as a restaurant receptionist by an online centre, but in reality, she had to work as a server. She also must pay a VND300,000 ($13) deposit to the centre.

Vu Thi Thanh Lieu, deputy director of the Ha Noi Job Introduction Centre, said workers should carefully read the information from recruitment companies and should not fall for attractive advertisements such as easy jobs with a high salary.

Workers should reach an agreement with companies regarding the work, the number of working days and salary, Lieu said.

Part-time work often ends right before the holiday, so if the parties do not reach an agreement before then, conflicts would be difficult to resolve, Lieu added.

The Ha Noi Job Introduction Centre has advertised a great number of part-time jobs for students and other people who want to work before and during the festival.

Tran Anh Tuan, deputy director of the HCM City’s Centre for Human Resources and Labour Market Information, said the demand for seasonal workers in the two last months of the lunar year has increased because the retail market and the economy have been rapidly developing.

However, Tuan said, some people and students did not study the recruitment information carefully, so they were defrauded.

The workers should find jobs via reputable centres and complete all procedures related to contracts, he said.

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