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Unlocking Vietnamese Talent: A Canadian Business Guide to Effective Hiring and Strategic Trends


For Canadian companies, the burgeoning Vietnamese market offers a landscape ripe with opportunities due to its economic growth, abundant labor resources, and cost efficiency. However, navigating the complexities of local employment regulations and processes requires a well-informed approach. This guide explores the intricacies of hiring in Vietnam, highlighting the critical steps, potential pitfalls, and strategic solutions, with a spotlight on Gonex’s Employer of Record (EOR) services that streamline the employment process for Canadian firms.


Employment Process and Regulatory Considerations in Vietnam

Market Research and Needs Analysis:

Before entering the Vietnamese market, Canadian companies must undertake thorough research to understand the market environment, industry standards, and regulations. This initial step helps determine the necessary types and numbers of employees required.

Recruitment Channels:

Vietnam’s diverse recruitment channels include online platforms like VietnamWorks and JobStreet Vietnam, social media, university collaborations, and headhunting services. Each channel serves specific sectors and reaches different candidate pools.

Recruitment Process:

The recruitment process typically involves posting job ads, screening resumes, conducting interviews, and performing background and reference checks. These steps ensure that the right candidates are selected in compliance with local practices.

Contract Signing:

In Vietnam, employment contracts must be in writing and specify salary, working hours, duties, benefits, and contract duration, among other details. Contracts for foreign employees must also be provided in English or other relevant languages.

Work Permits and Visa Applications:

Employing foreign staff requires obtaining necessary work permits and visas, which involves navigating Vietnam’s strict regulatory environment.

Onboarding and Training:

Once hired, new employees undergo orientation to familiarize themselves with the company’s culture and operational procedures.


Key Considerations

Compliance with Local Laws:

It is crucial for Canadian companies to adhere to Vietnamese labor laws, including regulations on working hours, minimum wage, holidays, social and health insurance contributions.

Cultural Adaptation:

Understanding and respecting Vietnamese culture and social norms is vital for building harmonious workplace relationships and enhancing employee satisfaction.

Language Barriers:

While many young Vietnamese workers have a basic level of English, language differences can still pose communication challenges. Providing English training or employing translators can help bridge this gap.

Competitive Compensation Strategies:

Developing a competitive compensation system that meets legal requirements and aligns with market standards is essential for attracting and retaining talent.


Gonex’s Services, Costs, and Advantages

As a seasoned EOR service provider, Gonex simplifies the employment process for Canadian companies in Vietnam. Gonex handles all aspects of employee management, including compliance with local employment laws, payroll processing, and HR administration. This comprehensive approach not only mitigates legal and financial risks but also enhances operational efficiency.


Real-World Example:

Gonex recently assisted a Canadian software development company that needed to outsource a small team in Vietnam. The company opted for Gonex’s EOR services to employ these individuals locally, which allowed them to focus on their core business activities without the hassle of setting up a local entity. Gonex’s competitive pricing and inclusive services provided the company with peace of mind and the ability to concentrate on product development.



Canadian companies looking to harness the potential of the Vietnamese market will find that understanding local employment laws and cultural nuances is just as crucial as the strategic management of their workforce. Partnering with Gonex offers a seamless, compliant, and efficient solution to these challenges. By leveraging Gonex’s expertise as an EOR provider, Canadian businesses can ensure that their expansion into Vietnam is not only successful but also sustainable. This strategic partnership facilitates smoother operations and empowers companies to focus on growth and innovation in a dynamic global landscape.


Why Gonex?

Experienced Management Team: each member in the team has 10+ years experiences in Overseas Human Resources Management, composed of seasoned HR professionals.

Powerful connection: Gonex has established over 10 entities worldwide, along with more than 30 stable partners, together offering the most comprehensive overseas human resource services to our clients.

Strict compliance with laws and regulations: At every step in our service process, Gonex strictly adheres to local laws and regulations, ensuring our clients completely avoid any legal disputes.

Competitive price: Gonex’s services are 20% more affordable compared to other companies in the industry, allowing our clients to allocate more resources to their core business.


What Gonex offer?

Employment of Record: This service helps clients legally hire employees in countries or regions where they do not have a legal entity established.

Payroll BPO service: This includes payroll project implementation plan development, project deployment, payroll calculation, payment of funds, administration of statutory and supplementary benefits, customized reporting, and other comprehensive payroll services.

Mobility: Based on the company’s internationalization strategy, the company assigns employees to overseas branches/subsidiaries and handles visa and tax matters in accordance with local policies, while assisting in the compliance management of employees throughout their international assignment life cycle.


GONEX One-Stop Solution: Your strategic partner

In navigating these challenges, GONEX offers comprehensive solutions tailored to the needs of American companies expanding into South Korea:

Compliance and Legal Adherence: GONEX’s Employer of Record (EOR) service ensures legal compliance in employing local staff.

Cross-Border Payroll and Tax Management: Streamlined payroll services simplify cross-border management.

Flexible Employment Solutions: Adaptable employment services cater to changing business needs.

International Talent Dispatch: Support services facilitate the dispatch of key talent to Japan.

Digital HR Management Platform: Technology-driven solutions enhance management efficiency and cultural integration.


Who do we serve?

Gonex served 70+ clients to expand overseas. The incomes of our clients like Mengniu, Kuaishou and CHINT are up to 192.4 billion.


Let Gonex assist you and your company with handling such complex overseas hiring processes! To access more information on corporate international expansion cases, global employment guidelines, worldwide compensation management, regulations for various regional countries, and factory establishment manuals in different nations, you are welcome to visit the GONEX official website at www.letsgonex.com to download these resources or view our company’s business introduction in PDF format (https://letsgonex.com/in.pdf).

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