January 28, 2023

Love working remotely


Different from the discomfort of being “picked up” from the office more than a year ago due to Covid, Huu Duc (28 years old) increasingly finds that working remotely, comfortable hours is a “paradise”.

Now every day, the guy who works as a video editor and video processor in Thanh Xuan district (Hanoi) wakes up at 8am, has breakfast and drinks coffee, and then sits at his desk at 10am.

This is the rhythm of German life “never dreamed of” at the time before the epidemic. At that time, he often had to get up at 5 a.m. to cook, prepare lunch and get out the door before 7 a.m. to get to the company 15 km away from home. “On average, I spend 12-13 hours a day working, almost no time to rest, but only 10 million VND per month,” Duc said.

But everything changed when he took a job outside the company due to the pandemic. Ready experience and good diplomacy help Germany to continuously have new contracts. “Currently I can earn 30-40 million VND per month or more, so I decided to quit my job,” he said.

Hong Nhung, 32 years old, from Thanh Hoa started working as a freelancer (freelancer) in the field of content writer (content creation for websites) since 2017. Initially, she planned to work for a few months to have time to take care of herself. taking care of her sick mother, but after deciding to stay for a long time when she found herself able to control her time and increase her income.

To achieve a salary of 10-15 million VND per month, 2-3 times more than working in a company, Nhung needs to write 3-5 articles per day at the request of customers. “As long as I arrange it properly, I can have enough time to go to the market, cook rice, help my mother do physical therapy and still earn money in my free time,” she shared.






Hong Nhung took advantage of the weekend night of November 19 to go to a cafe to solve work. Image: Quynh Nguyen.

Duc or Nhung are considered to be typical examples of the trend of freelance work, not on the payroll of any company or organization. This trend appeared in Vietnam many years ago but exploded strongly under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies switched to remote working mode to prevent the epidemic. Many workers suddenly realize that working remotely, flexible hours is what they have been looking for for a long time.

A survey in early 2022 by recruitment and human resources company Anphabe in Vietnam, with more than 500,000 members, shows that the trend of shifting from full-time to freelance work in Vietnam is increasing.

According to the report, 14% of Vietnam’s knowledge human resources are currently full-time freelancers, 26% work as part-time freelancers, 13% work in parallel with fixed and part-time jobs. Thus, 53% of Vietnamese human resources are participating in the sharing economy (Gig Economy – an economy where workers often work part-time or temporarily, while companies hire people to work independently and temporarily. freelance instead of full-time employee).

Survey of nearly 800 readers of VnExpress on 11/16 also gave the same result. Before the question “Do you want to work freelance or office?“, 85% choose freelance work, no time management, only 15% choose administrative work, 8 hours a day.

Mr. Tran Anh Tuan, human resource forecaster, Chairman of the Scientific Council, Institute of Human Resources Training and Development, said that working remotely is an inevitable trend, especially after the pandemic when many people have liked it. doubts or finds value in this work. “This shift is encouraging to develop the economy and not disrupt the labor market structure,” Mr. Tuan said.

According to experts, freelancing helps employees manage their time, take care of themselves and their families, and create a new source of income that is higher than the old salary.

For Huu Duc, working from home helps him increase his income, save money on rent when he moves back to his hometown, and no longer worry about traffic jams and high living costs in the city. Not to mention, this job helps him have time to rest, go on long trips without asking for permission. “I also don’t have to care about my boss’s attitude, holding back on difficult customers or trying to get along with colleagues,” Duc said.

Five years as a freelancer also helps Hong Nhung stay out of the whirlpool of economic fluctuations, without worrying about being fired by the agency or cutting her salary when she owns the job. She also saves a large amount of money when she reduces the purchase of clothes, cosmetics or goes out to eat with colleagues. “And most of all, I have a lot of time to take care of my family,” she said.

In addition to improving income, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Do Minh Cuong, Deputy Director of the Institute of Business Culture, said that working remotely will promote the development of the digital economy, the GDP of this industry can account for up to 30 % of the total GDP of the country by 2030.

According to the research report “e-Conomy SEA 2021” implemented by Google Group, Bain (USA) and Temasek (Singapore), Vietnam’s Internet economy in 2021 will reach a value of 21 billion USD, contributing more than 5% of GDP, 7 times higher than in 2015, is expected reaching $57 billion in 2025, ranking second in Southeast Asia, with a growth rate of 31% in 2021, expected to increase by an average of 29% per year until 2025.





Nhat Ha has a trip to Nghe An in 2022, after deciding to leave the office.  Photo: Character provided

Nhat Ha has a trip to Nghe An in 2022, after deciding to leave the office. Image: Characters provided

In addition to experiencing a new lifestyle and increasing income, some people turn to freelancers due to the feeling of exhaustion when they often have to work overtime, the boss constantly assigns work from morning to night. Ngan Ha, 29 years old in Bac Ninh, now runs a technology blog, for example.

Ha’s decision to leave the office job after 5 years of attachment was not due to low salary or benefits, but a feeling of being exhausted. “I gradually lacked enthusiasm, no longer eager to go to work or stick with the company. I went to work just to timekeeping,” she said.

Ha is like the employees who support the wave of “quiet quitting” appearing in many countries around the world. This phrase refers to people who just do enough, don’t strive, don’t like to hang out with co-workers, and turn off all contact when work is over.

According to experts, “quiet quitting” is not a new phenomenon because there are always periods when employees are bored and want to quit. Especially after two years of the epidemic, this trend has increased globally, showing a decrease in job satisfaction.

In Vietnam, there are no official statistics on the number of people following the “quiet quit” trend, but Anphabe’s human resource survey recorded in the first quarter of 2022 shows that the rate of quitting at enterprises is the highest compared to three years. come back here, especially young workers. By April 2022, up to 260,000 out of nearly 4 million members in Vietnam had updated the status “Looking for a new job”, which means publicly announced that they were about to quit their jobs even though they were still working.

Report Labor scene 2022 of ManpowerGroup also pointed out, nearly 50% of employees want to change companies for better benefits, flexibility in working time and location. The labor trend that prioritizes flexible work in terms of time and location is also specialized Good job indicated in the employment report for the first six months of this year. More than 60% of the total of more than 1,300 surveyed workers said they want to change jobs, find jobs online, work at home, sales, drivers, delivery…

Share on VnExpress In June 2022, Ms. Tran Minh Ngoc, Director of Good Jobs website, said that from the beginning of 2022, the expectation of flexible working time and place was put on the same level as the expectation of salary by employees. Welfare.

Besides the positives, experts warn workers to be careful when changing jobs and clearly define freelancers as freelance work that means having to take care of yourself. They may face a precarious income situation; take care of social insurance by themselves; not enjoy welfare regimes from enterprises; Health is reduced due to irregular living hours.

“To avoid the case of working for a few months and then returning to the office, employees need to carefully study the potential of the job and their own strengths instead of following the trend,” Assoc. Dr. Do Minh Cuong gives advice.

After three months of freelancing, Nhat Ha, in Ho Chi Minh City, is sending a resume and interviewing again. The 26-year-old girl said that freelancers can make 4 times the income, but having to work continuously for 15-16 hours a day causes dark eyes and sleep disturbances.

“There is not always a job, sometimes I only earn 2-3 million dong because the salary depends on the ability to find customers, professional qualifications, soft skills and prestige of each individual.” , she said.

From the day she changed jobs, Ha had to learn the process of paying insurance for self-employed workers, not being entitled to gas allowance, birthday, 13th month salary, holiday bonus and losing connection with colleagues. Not to mention, the lack of supervision and reminders easily makes her eat, rest in moderation, work according to her mood, sometimes sleep all day and start working late at night, reducing performance.

“Freedom is the advantage of the freelancer industry, but it means that the laborer has to take care of everything. For someone who doesn’t know how to arrange schedules, inexperienced like me, I should still go back to the office,” Ha confided.

Quynh Nguyen

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