Firms bemoan regulations over professional degrees for foreign bosses
The Saigon Times
|A foreign employee works at a firm in Vietnam. Many firms voiced their outcry over a new rule that requires foreign bosses to have professional degrees or diplomas – PHOTO: PLO|
HCMC – During a conference held by the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs on April 20, many firms expressed their concern over a new rule that requires foreign bosses to have professional degrees or diplomas, stating that not all chief executive officers at firms hold professional degrees corresponding to their positions.
Decree 152 on overseas labor recruitment and management, which took effect from February 15, replaced Decree 11 issued in 2016, featuring some new changes, including requirements on degrees that were said to make life harder for the enterprise community.
The new decree requires that foreign experts entering Vietnam for work must meet new standards, including holding a college degree and having at least three years of experience in their majors associated with their positions in Vietnam.
Speaking at the meeting, a representative of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam said that in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, not all experienced foreign workers have degrees or diplomas that are suitable to jobs in Vietnam.
As such, firms would face multiple difficulties in recruitment due to the requirement, coupled with the rule requiring at least five years of work experience in foreign countries, the local media reported.
Some human resources staffers in foreign firms have been facing obstacles in completing procedures to apply for new labor permits for foreign executives.
A representative of a Japanese firm said that some foreign staffers holding key positions at the firm had worked in Vietnam for 30 years, but their labor permits were to expire while the firm did not know how to handle the case as it was hard to prove their work experience in foreign countries.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AmCham) also said that the chamber was shocked at the new regulations.
The decree requires that executives must hold degrees corresponding to their positions, but it is hard to show a specialized degree for a certain job as there are numerous interconnections in professions, a representative of AmCham said.
AmCham also suggested allowing using work experience in Vietnam to apply for labor permits rather than overseas working experience, making life easier for firms, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Besides, AmCham also expected procedures for issuing new labor permits to foreign workers to be simplified.