Salary Survey 2018: Country highlights

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New market entrants set to boost growth of sectors such as manufacturing, boosting demand for talent in 2018.

As Vietnam continues its journey to become a major manufacturing hub in the region, we expect a greater number of multinational corporations to expand their presence across the country and build new factories. As a consequence, demand is expected to rise for engineers and manufacturing professionals. We also foresee growth in the local retail sector, due to an increase in the number of shopping malls and real estate projects

This was among the key findings of the Robert Walters Salary Survey for 2018. The annual survey contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and benchmarks salaries across our global markets.

Hiring trends in Vietnam

We also expect 2018 will bring a greater demand for professionals with strong business partnering skills. The FMCG, tech and pharmaceutical industries will continue to be active recruiters of in-house legal counsels. The financial services industries are set to open up new roles for internal control and auditing functions, in response to increasingly complex regulatory requirements.

With use of big data steadily rising across Vietnam’s major sectors, highly proficient developers will remain sought after in 2018.

However, as demand for technical and specialist skill sets rises, we anticipate hiring processes across industries to become more stringent as more organisations seek to hire for culture-fit and for a long-term basis.

Demand for high-potential local talent with international backgrounds is also expected to remain high. In light of this, our Come Home Phở Good campaign remains relevant in helping Vietnamese living overseas find employment opportunities back home. 

About the Salary Survey 

Now in its nineteenth edition, the Robert Walters annual Salary Survey is the most comprehensive review of professional salaries and recruitment trends around the world.

The Greater China & South East Asia book consists of 9 countries, is free, and covers China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Our Salary Survey is based on the analysis of permanent, interim and contract placements made across each of our geographies and recruitment disciplines during 2017.

Download your copy of the 2018 Salary Survey

The 2018 Robert Walters Salary Survey - Greater China and South East Asia is here and you can request your free copy now. Don't miss out on the most up to date salary information and employment trends in Vietnam. The annual book contains recruitment market updates, hiring advice and salary information from across our regional markets.

For a more in-depth look at our expectations for the recruitment market in Vietnam, download your free copy of the 2018 Salary Survey.

Get in touch with our consultants at or call (84) 28 3520 7900 for more information on latest market trends and job opportunities.

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