Before the official start of your work in Vietnam, the employer and employee must directly enter into a written employment contract. For temporary work of less than three months, an oral employment contract is legally allowed. Work contracts are very straightforward in Vietnam and generally do not differ too much from their Western counterparts. Nonetheless, if you’re an expat in Saigon, some stipulations may differ from your contract in the West so you may want to turn your attention to:

››Salary: If you are paid in Vietnamese Đồng, ask if there is an option to be paid in a different currency. This is important if you would like to take your hard-earned money out of the country;

››Probationary period: By law, the employer only needs to pay 85% of the full salary expectation during this period;

››Working hours: Normal working hours may not exceed eight hours a day or 48 hours a week. However, working hours cannot exceed 10 hours a day in case the employer schedules the company’s working hours on a weekly instead of a daily basis;

››Health insurance: By law, employers in Vietnam must offer health insurance to all employees. Some companies offer more comprehensive packages in line with international standards;

››Note that local companies must have employment contracts in both Vietnamese and English.

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