Viet Nam’s fourth annual recruitment agency rankings published
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release | 17 April 2017
HANOI (ILO News) – The
Viet Nam Association of Manpower Supply (VAMAS) today
announced the results of the annual evaluation of migrant worker recruitment
agencies, with 43 per cent of the
agencies ranked receiving a five star rating.
The annual ranking,
the fourth of its kind, evaluates recruitment agencies’ performance against
VAMAS’s Code of Conduct for recruitment agencies introduced in 2010. The
evaluation of recruitment agencies is carried out with the support of the
International Labour Organization (ILO).
The Code is a voluntary instrument that aims to improve compliance with
Vietnamese legislation and international standards, to promote better business
management and to protect migrant workers from exploitative situations,
including forced labour and human trafficking.
VAMAS President Nguyen Luong Trao said that
“more and more recruitment agencies applying the Code of Conduct have shown
progress” in various areas including selection of partners and donors,
trainings and supports for migrant workers, and job security for returning
However, violations of the Code committed
by agencies in 2016 include a lack of regular reporting, insufficient training,
cost charged higher than standard rates and sending migrant workers abroad
without permission, he said.
Out of 86 agencies
ranked in 2016, 37 were given five stars, 41 four stars and the rest three
stars. The ranked agencies sent more than 60 per cent of all migrant workers
going abroad through Vietnamese agencies last year.
The number of agencies
joining this initiative will increase to 106 next year.
ILO Viet Nam Director
Chang-Hee Lee recognized the role of the private sector in “protecting
migrant workers from abusive and fraudulent practices during recruitment,
reducing migration costs, and enhancing development outcomes of migration”.
“Experience has shown that good recruitment
practices lead to positive migration experiences, and these can enable
inclusive and sustainable development – for migrants, their families and
communities, and Viet Nam,” he said.
Cross-border labour migration from Viet Nam has
significantly increased over the last two decades. The country had 278 licensed
recruitment agencies in 2016, sending 126,000 migrant workers abroad – a record
Most of the world’s approximately 232 million
migrants left their countries in search of decent jobs to improve their – and
their families’ – livelihood. According to the ILO’s Fair Migration Agenda, while discrimination and labour abuses are unacceptably
common among migrant workers, and the costs of migration are high, migration
can nevertheless enable human development alongside economic growth.
Nguyen Quang Anh, Senior Trade and Development
Manager from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a main
donor to the ILO’s regional labour migration programme
(TRIANGLE in ASEAN), said that “all migrant workers,
regardless of gender, should have equal access to equitable migration and
The full rankings could be found at http://vamas.com.vn/