Vietnamese workers earn most in Japan and South Korea

Compared to Taiwan and the Middle East, a Vietnamese worker earned more working in Japan and South Korea in the 2010-2017 period.
By: | November 19, 2018


Vietnamese workers in Japan and South Korea are receiving the highest pay compared to working in Taiwan or the Middle East.

In Japan and South Korea, they earn between USD$1,000 (SGD$1,376) to USD$1,200 (SGD$1,651) per month on average, according to the Vietnamese National Assembly’s Committee for Social Affairs.

The report also noted that the number of Vietnamese workers in Japan had risen by 461% from 2013 to 2017, compared to the figure for 2010 to 2013.

On the other hand, it rose 183% in Taiwan and 120% in the Middle East.

In Taiwan, the rate received by workers was reported at between USD$700 (SGD$963) and USD$800 (SGD$1,101) monthly, and between USD$400 (SGD$550) and US$600 (SGD$826) monthly in the Middle East.

According to the report, the total number of overseas Vietnamese workers hit 821,862 between 2010 and 2017. Since 2014, the number of workers sent abroad was about 102,000 per year.

Vietnamese worker remittances also contributed between USD$2 billion (SGD$2.7 billion) to USD$2.5 billion (SGD$3.4 billion) to the country’s annual coffers, the report added.