The 2016 Report on Informal Employment in Viet Nam

The 2016 Report on Informal Employment in Viet Nam provides different perspectives and thorough information on Informal Employment which includes: Concept and Measurement of Informal Labour in Viet Nam; Scales and Trends of Informal Employment; Characteristics of Informal Employment; Working Conditions and Quality of Employment of Informal Economy Workers and Conclusions and Recommendations.

Although Viet Nam, since Doi Moi (1986), has become an inspiring success story in driving growth, creating jobs and reducing poverty through reforms and global integration, it faces numerous challenges to ensure decent work for all, especially those in the informal economy.
Whereas the informal sector is only considered a buffer for workers during economic crises, income from informal employment often fails to meet the costs of acceptable living standards due to insufficient salaries, working conditions and social protection. To address the shortcomings within Viet Nam’s labour market and provide data evidence to effectively develop and implement relevant policies, this landmark report applied international labour standards on informal employment to estimate the size and structure of informal economy workers in Viet Nam, based on the existing dataset of the Labour Force Survey annually conducted by the General Statistics Office. In particular, Vietnamese governmental policy-makers have great demand for information on wages, working conditions, social protection, community development and other relevant issues to research for practical solutions. To meet this increasingly critical need, the General Statistics Office developed and published this first-ever 2016 Report on Informal Employment in Viet Nam.