Samsung Electronics in Vietnam eyes local workforce of 100,000

HANOI - Samsung Electronics plans to hire 60,000 workers in Vietnam by July, bringing its total number of local employees to around 100,000, the largest by a foreign company in the country.

The South Korean electronics giant currently has 84,000 workers on its payroll in Vietnam. The new employment plan, which takes into account attrition and retirement, comes as the company aims to expand production and facilities at its plants in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen provinces.

Most of the new employees will be female factory workers, but Samsung is also looking to hire engineers, as well as recent graduates for possible executive-track positions. The company has already started extensive recruitment activities, and the first group of 2,500 additional workers is slated to join by the end of March.

Samsung started production in Vietnam at its plant in Bac Ninh, east of Hanoi, in 2009. The plant currently produces smartphones, conventional mobile phones and parts for both, and the company plans to build new facilities for producing displays.

In Thai Nguyen, located north of Hanoi, Samsung plans to build a second plant, adjacent to the factory it built there in 2014. The company is expected to produce a wide range of products, including notebook computers, digital cameras and smart TVs, in the province.

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