Ha Noi, 5 March 2015 – Gender-based discrimination remains common in recruitment practices in Viet Nam's private sector whereas a fairer degree of gender equality is recorded in working environment and promotion opportunities. These are the main findings from a new policy brief entitled "Gender equality in recruitment and promotion practices in Viet Nam" which comes from the latest study conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in co-operation with Navigos Search.
One in five out of 12,300 job postings in the country's four largest job portals – Vietnamworks, JobStreet, CareerBuilder and CareerLink – between mid-November 2014 and mid-January 2015 included gender requirements. Among such job advertisements with gender preference, 70 per cent requested that the positions be filled by men whereas only 30 per cent wanted female applicants. Men were most often targeted for more technical and highly skilled jobs or jobs that require more outdoor activities, such as architects, drivers, engineers and IT professionals.