Vietnam struggles with paucity of AI engineers despite high salaries

IT firms in Vietnam are offering artificial intelligence (AI) engineers salaries of $22,000 a year, but are still struggling to recruit enough people.

Vietnam will be short of 70,000 to 90,000 information and technology (IT) workers next year despite increasing salary and welfare, according to a TopDev, a recruitment network and ecosystem in mobile and IT, report on the IT market in Vietnam.

Many start-ups have developed projects related to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the last five years in Vietnam, which has created extraordinary value ​​for the technology industry. Salaries are going up as a result. An AI/machine learning engineer could earn up to $1,678 a month, or around $22,000 a year including bonuses and benefits.

However, human resources are an issue for many businesses. Although they offer salaries of VND500 million per year (about US$21,600), many businesses said they could not find suitable personnel.

The salary of AI engineers is expected to increase sharply in the coming years. However, human resource remains an issue for many businesses. Image: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The rapid development of many new technology trends has opened up better opportunities for programmers in Vietnam, but also causes many obstacles for employers without proper recruitment methods. The report said the IT sector generally faces a big shortage as demand is set to go up from 320,000 engineers this year to 400,000 in 2020. The shortfall is 75,000 this year, and set to increase to 100,000 in 2020.

According to the report, the average salary for experienced IT engineers now is $1,318. Managers with over five years’ experience can earn from $1,550 to $2,350, while directors with over 10 years’ experience earn at least $2,300.

But there is a dearth of quality managers and engineers, the report added.

One of the solutions to enhance IT human resources in general and AI in particular is the combination of university training and enterprise recruitment.

Business Forum quoted Dương Trọng Tấn, an expert in the field of IT, as saying that in the era of rapid change like today, if a school was not associated with enterprises to improve their training programme and put in new content that businesses need or new technology, they could hardly keep up with the pace of economic changes.

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In the recent announcement, FPT University-the first university in Vietnam established by a IT enterprise will add artificial intelligence (AI) in teaching software engineering, with the desire to build a high-quality IT staff, enhance added- value as well as the technology leader of the software industry.

In the software engineering program at FPT University, students will learn two basic modules which are compulsory modules learning in the first 6 semester and elective modules (in 4 final semester). At this intensive stage, students may choose one of four specialized subjects to study and complete their graduation projects including embedded systems; information system; Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Bridge Engineer in Japan.

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A representative of FPT University shared that students have the opportunity to access knowledge of artificial intelligence (AI) in the specialized subject. This subject will help young people community in general and FPT University students in particular to focus on AI knowledge and its development all over the world.

With intensive AI training, students will be equipped with knowledge of research and application of IT platforms such as Artificial Intelligence, Large Data, and Cloud Computing. The program aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply new technologies into the development and deployment of advanced information technology services. FPT University has pioneered in higher education in Vietnam, contributing to the change of training process so that graduates can face the challenges of development in artificial intelligence.