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  • The name of ‘Vietnam’ is made up of two ancient Chinese words, ‘Viet’ (meaning people outside of a country’s borders), and ‘Nam’ (meaning South). So, in Ancient Chinese language, Vietnam means ‘people to the south’.
  • Vietnam has over 3,400km of coastline across the country, and it is made up of countless beautiful rivers.
  • Some Vietnamese foods such as Pho and Bánh bao are becoming increasingly popular in the west, and many tourists love sampling the country’s range of cuisine.

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Working in VIETNAM

Employment Information

Expats who wish to work in Vietnam must get a work permit to operate in the country. Businesses can opt for a Vietnam PEO or EOR provider to simplify this process, and support their employees with mobilising in country.

Vietnam also offers a cheaper labour force than many other countries, and is highly appealing for international businesses to access affordable, skilled employees.

Vietnam’s working hours usually make up 8 hours per day and up to 40 hours per week. Employees will usually take different shift patterns, but 8:30am – 17.30pm (with an hour break) is most common.

The Vietnamese state doesn’t specify any holiday or sickness allowances, so employers are expected to outline these in their own employment contracts. Vietnam has around 9 days of public holidays each year and the Government announces these each year.

Sickness allowances are covered by an employee’s medical insurance, however some employers may offer sickness pay as part of their employment contracts.

When it comes to parental leave, new mothers are entitled to 6 months of maternity leave (through the state Social Security Scheme), and new fathers receive 14 days. Some employers also offer ‘congratulatory allowances’, depending on their internal policies.


Employees in Vietnam must pay Personal Income Tax (PIT) if their salary surpasses the taxable threshold. The tax rate is calculated and kept by the company during monthly salary payments. Employers have the responsibility of ensuring that the tax is paid to the tax authority on the employee’s behalf.

Companies and their employees are also required to pay into Social Security. This usually entails the following:

  • The company must pay 22% of the employee’s gross salary (capped at $330/month/person)
  • Employees must pay 10.5% from their gross salary as a monthly Social Security contribution.


If a company chooses to hire a non-Vietnamese worker, then they must obtain a Work Permit for them before signing the labour contract. Work Permits are the first condition to be met for a worker to apply for a Work Visa or Temporary Resident Card (TRC). Work Permits are valid for 3 years, the Work Visa is valid for a year, and the TRC is valid for 2 years.

The nationality of the employee is also a key factor in this process, as certain nationalities cannot be granted a TRC, and must use a Visa only.

A Work Permit application can take up to 2 months to complete. During this time, the company can enter the foreign employee into a probationary contract for 2 months, temporarily paying them with cash until the process is complete.

Cultural Information

Vietnam is not a particularly religious country, and its people are flexible in terms of faith. Vietnamese is the spoken language, but English is increasing around the country (particularly amongst younger Vietnamese people).

Vietnam shares some professional standards with other East Asian countries where punctuality is important. Networking and socialising with colleagues is also an important aspect of Vietnamese working culture, and communal lunches are commonplace.

Impacts from COVID-19

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of Vietnamese businesses have stayed traditional in their working practices. Many workers are still embarking in office-based working as they prefer the culture and atmosphere with their other colleagues. Despite this, remote working has seen a surge as a result of the pandemic, particularly in the IT industry (a key sector in Vietnam).


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