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An overview of employing in Vietnam

Salary Currency

Vietnamese Dong (VND)

Salary Pay Date

Salaries are paid monthly on the last working day of the month, unless otherwise stipulated in the contract of employment.

Salary

Employers have the legal right to establish their own pay scales and salary structures, provided that the minimum wage requirements are met.

The minimum wage in Vietnam is regional and varies dependent on the job role.

Region Monthly Minimum
Wage (VND)
Monthly Minimum
Wage (USD)
i 4,180,000 $180
ii 3,170,000 $159
iii 3,250,000 $140
iv 2,920,000 $125

Region i: urban Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Region ii: covers rural Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh; urban Can Tho, Da Nang and Hai Phong
Region iii: includes provincial cities and districts of Ban Ninh, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, and Binh Phuc provinces
Region iv: all remaining localities

Bonus

A 13-month salary bonus is common and is traditionally paid prior to the Lunar New Year or at the end of the calendar year.

There are no legal guidelines for bonus payments; however, they typically range between 1 to 3 months’ salary.

Any additional bonus entitlement should be outlined in the contract of employment.

Social Security System

The Vietnam (Viet Nam) Social Security System (VSS) manages all funds relating to social, health and employment benefits.

Both employers and employees are required to pay monthly contributions to social insurance, health insurance and unemployment insurance.

Healthcare

Basic healthcare insurance is paid through the social security contributions and entitles all employees to basic public healthcare. Employees will be provided with a health insurance card, granting them access to healthcare and treatment.

It is common for employees to provide supplementary private healthcare and life insurance for employees.

Employers’ Costs

Employers are required to pay monthly contributions to Viet Nam Social Security to cover social, health and unemployment insurance.

Social insurance provides cover against sickness, maternity, retirement, occupational diseases, invalidity, and death.

The employer is additionally obliged to withhold the employee’s contribution from their salary and is responsible for the payment of all insurance contributions each month.

The rate of contribution varies dependent on whether the employee is a Vietnamese national (local employee) or a foreign employee residing in Vietnam.

Contribution Local employee Employer cost Foreign employee Employer cost
Social Insurance (SI) 8% 17.5% 8% 17.5%
Health Insurance (HI) 1.5% 3% 1.5% 3%
Unemployment Insurance (UI) 1% 1%
Trade Union Fee 2%

The threshold for Social Security contributions and Health Insurance is 20 times the minimum base salary (VND 29,800,000.00 – January 2022). Unemployment Insurance is capped at 20 times the regional minimum wage.

Please note: Social Insurance contributions are reduced by 0.5% until 30th June 2022, applying the 0% contribution rate to the Labour Accident and Occupational Disease Fund. This contribution should instead be used to support employees affected by COVID-19.

An Overview of the Main Statutory Benefits

Pension

Employees in Vietnam are entitled to a state pension upon reaching retirement age, provided they have met the required number of contributions to VSS.

The current retirement age in Vietnam is 60 years and 6 months for men and 55 years and 8 months for women (2022). This is due to increase incrementally up to 62 years and 60 years for men and women, respectively.

Sickness

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave funded by the Vietnamese Social Insurance Fund.
The employee’s salary and years of service will be used to calculate the entitlement.

Remuneration will cover up to 75% of the employee’s salary (based on the month prior to leave)
The maximum entitlement is based on the number of years the employee has paid social insurance premiums:

Social Insurance contributions Maximum number of paid sick days
Less than 15 years 30 days
Between 15 – 30 years 40 days
More than 30 years 60 days

The Ministry of Health grants additional leave for diseases which require long-term treatment. This is capped at a maximum of 180 days in a year (inclusive of public holidays and weekends). Should an employee continue to require treatment following the 180 days, they may be entitled to further remuneration (between 45% – 65% of their salary).

Maternity & Paternity

Maternity allowance in Vietnam is granted to employees upon the birth or adoption of a child (under four months of age).

Female employees are entitled to up to six months pre-/post-natal maternity leave at a rate of 100% of their average monthly salary for the six months preceding their maternity leave. This, however, is capped at 20 times the minimum salary.

Maternity leave pay is covered by the Vietnam Social Security upon receipt of a payment certificate for social insurance. In addition to paid leave, employees may apply for a one-off maternity allowance payment.

Paid paternity leave of between 5- 14 days is granted to employees paying social insurance premiums. The duration of paternity leave is dependent on the circumstances of the birth and the number of children.

Additional Leave

Work-related Injury Allowance and Occupational Disease Allowance

Employees are entitled to compensation for any workplace incident that affects their ability to perform their work.

This allowance is funded by the VSS and will be based upon medical assessment.

If an employee dies from work-related injury or disease, the family will receive a payment equal to 36-months of standard minimum salary.

Contractual Provisions

Contract of Employment

A written contract detailing all terms of employment is a legal requirement in Vietnam. Contracts should be drawn up in Vietnamese or dual English- Vietnamese.

There are two types of labour contract identified by the Vietnam Labour Code:

Rules of Registration

Employees should be registered with the Vietnam Social Security (VSS) prior to their start date.

Foreign employees will be required to undergo a medical check as part of their work permit application.

Probationary Period

Employers may choose to provide a probationary period in the contract of employment.
This must not exceed 60 days, in accordance with the revisions made in the Labour Code 2019.

For employees in high-managerial positions, the probation period may be extended up to 180 days.

During the probationary period, either party may cancel the signed agreement without prior notice or compensation.

Working Hours

Normal working hours should not exceed eight hours per day and 48 hours per week.
Current government guidance encourages employers to offer a 40-hour working week.
Employees are entitled to a 30-minute break during day shifts that exceed six hours.

It is customary to record working hours.

Overtime

Vietnam Labour Laws identify the maximum overtime hours as 12 hour per day; 40 hours per month and 200 hours per year. (In certain sectors this is extended to up to 300 hours per year).

Overtime hours should be compensated at a minimum rate of 150% of the employee’s contracted hourly wage. This is increased to 200% if overtime is carried out on a weekly day off and 300% on a public holiday.

Additional Leave

Employees are entitled to paid leave for: their wedding (3 days); the wedding of their child (1 day); the death of a parent, spouse, or child (3 days).

Termination

The termination process in Vietnam is complex and favours the employee unless grounds for termination are legally identified. The dismissal of an employee by an employer is permitted for a breach of ‘labour discipline’ and strict procedures must be adhered to.

Female employees cannot be dismissed for any reasons involving pregnancy or marriage.
Both male and female employees are protected from dismissal whilst caring for a nursing a child under 12 months of age.

Employees may terminate their contract without reason, provided that they serve the notice period stipulated in their contract.

Notice Period

The Labour Code identifies the minimum statutory notice periods for both employers and employees:

In specific cases, outlined by the Labour Code, employees may resign without providing advance notice.

Severance Pay

Employees with over one year of service are entitled to severance pay equal to one-half of their month’s salary for every year of continuous employment.

Severance payment will not be granted if the employee has been dismissed for breach of contract.

Holiday Entitlement

Employees are entitled to a minimum of 12 days of paid annual leave, excluding public holidays.
The holiday year in Vietnam runs from January to December. Employees with less than twelve month’s service will be granted a pro-rata entitlement equal to one day for every month worked.

Following this, employees will receive an additional paid day of leave for every five years of service.
Employees may wish to carry leave forward up to 31st March of the following year, or payment may be taken in lieu of untaken leave.

Public Holidays

In addition to the 11 public holiday days observed in Vietnam, a foreign employee is entitled to one day off for the traditional new year and for the national day of their own country.

If a public holiday should fall on a weekend day, the employee is entitled to take the next working weekday off.

Public holidays 2022
New Year’s Day 1st January
Tết (Lunar New Year) 10th – 16th February
Hung Kings’ Temple Festival 21st April
Reunification Day 30th April
International Labour Day 1st May (*Observed Monday 3rd May 2022)
National Independence Day 2nd – 3rd September

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Published date: 22nd Feb 2022
Review date: 22nd Feb 2023