Ho Chi Minh City: Tech Hub Rising in Southeast Asia

Ho Chi Minh City: Tech Hub Rising in Southeast Asia

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"...Vietnam's job market in 2024 is poised for exciting growth, particularly in the tech and green sectors."

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam's economic powerhouse, is rapidly transforming into a hotbed for tech development in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. This exciting shift is fueled by a forward-thinking labor-employment strategy recently unveiled by the HCMC People's Committee.

The strategy tackles slowing labor productivity by focusing on two key areas: green and digital. This reflects a global trend where economies are prioritizing sustainability and technological innovation. To achieve this, HCMC is investing in concentrated hi-tech parks and fostering industries like robotics, biotechnology, and AI.

High-Tech Talent Pipeline

Recognizing the need for a skilled workforce, the strategy emphasizes training high-quality tech professionals. This includes collaborations with major powers in areas like microelectronics and semiconductors. The focus isn't just on technical skills, but also on soft skills and legal knowledge to navigate the evolving e-commerce landscape.

A recent report by Vietnam Ministry of Labor (MOLISA) highlights the significant gap, with over 1 million high level tech jobs expected to be unfilled by 2030. To bridge this gap, collaboration with major economic powers like Japan and South Korea have been initiated. 

A Young and Green Advantage

HCMC boasts a significant advantage in its young and abundant workforce. With over 50% of its population under the age of 30, the city has a ready pool of talent eager to enter the tech and green sectors. This demographic edge is further amplified by Vietnam's strong focus on education, with more than 87% of the current workforce having received some form of training, with a significant portion holding university degrees. This well-educated young population provides a strong foundation for building a future-proof workforce.

However, HCMC's strategy recognizes that a strong tech talent pool needs to be coupled with an awareness of sustainability. The city's leading position in Vietnam's Provincial Green Index (PGI) positions it perfectly to capitalize on the growing demand for "green jobs." These jobs require a unique blend of technical skills and expertise in environmental practices. By fostering the development of a green-tech workforce, HCMC can not only address environmental challenges but also create new economic opportunities.

Looking Beyond 2024: A Thriving Vietnam Job Market

The HCMC strategy extends beyond the city limits. By attracting foreign investment and fostering inter-regional links, it aims to boost Vietnam's overall economic competitiveness. This strategy, with its focus on public-private partnerships and collaboration between universities and businesses, is expected to create a ripple effect throughout the national job market.


Vietnam's job market in 2024 is poised for exciting growth, particularly in the tech and green sectors. HCMC's innovative labor-employment strategy serves as a blueprint for this transformation, attracting talent, fostering innovation, and ensuring a skilled workforce for the future. As Vietnam continues its economic ascent, the rest of the region will be watching closely as much of this success will rely on their ability to develop talent with the specialty skills and talents of the future.

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