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Vietnamese guest workers arrive in Singapore

Six Vietnamese technicians have arrived in Singapore as part of a larger recruitment drive in Vietnam by a global technology company.

They will be paid wages of nearly VND15 million ($930) a month, rather high compared with other labor markets.

They are the first of 100 skilled workers to be supplied by Sovilaco, a Vietnamese labor agency, to the United Micro-electronics Corporation, Le Van Ha, a Sovilaco official, said.

United is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of integrated circuits and related electronics and semiconductor products. It operates in Singapore, Taiwan, the US, and many European countries, and employs more than 12,000 people.

Executives from firm will interview Vietnamese applicants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in mid-August to choose 50.

They will be paid around VND13 million a month in addition to accommodation and food.

They will also have access to fitness centers, films, books, and the Internet.

Nguyen Quoc Loc of the Vietnamese embassy in Singapore said the arrival of the six workers was a good sign for Vietnam because Singapore had earlier been getting guest workers only from China, India, and Malaysia.

But he warned labor companies to pay attention to training and selection to meet Singapore’s stringent requirements.

Sovilaco is the only company in Vietnam permitted by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to recruit technical workers for Singapore. (Thanh Nien)