Socialist Republic of Vietnam │ Việt Nam

The garment sector in Vietnam has enjoyed remarkable growth in the last two decades. It becomes one of the country’s largest industries, generating exports of more than US$35 billion in 2020. The industry now provides jobs for more than 4.5 million people, who in turn support millions of other family members through the wages they earn in the factories. More than 70 per cent of garment workers are women, most of whom are young and most of whom are internal migrants from rural areas.

As a source of more secure and better paid jobs for many, the garment sector has grown to become an important driver of poverty reduction and socio-economic development in Vietnam. There are around 6,000 textile and garment factories in the country, around 70 per cent of which are producing readymade garments. Most garment firms produce at the cut-make-trim end of the value chain. Around 800 factories are producing for direct export, mostly to brands and retailers in North America, Europe and Japan.

Country Profile


97,339,000 (2020)

Gross Domestic Product

constant USD

2,082 (2019)

Human Development Index Ranking

HDI (out of 189 countries)

117 (2019)


Garment/Textile Workers

Number of workers in the garment/textile sector


Women Workers in the Garment/Textile Industry

Percentage of women workers employed in the garment/textile industry


Number of Garment/Textile Factories

Number of factories in the garment/textile industry


Garment/Textile Industry Exports

(USD$ billion)


Garment/Textile Industry Size

Percentage of total exports


Key Garment/Textile Export Markets

Top five countries ($USD value exported and subsequent percentage)

Country Percentage of Exports
United States 38.1%
China 10.2%
Japan 9.4%
South Korea 8.1%
Germany 3.3%

Government Entities

Government agencies actively involved in the garment/textile industry

Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA)
Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI)
Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)

Worker Organizations

Trade unions, Union federations, and other worker organizations

Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL)
Vietnam Cooperative Alliance (VCA)
Solidarity Center

Employer/Industry Associations and Chambers of Commerce

Employers and industry related associations, private sectors associations and chambers of commerce

Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS)
Vietnam Cotton & Spinning Association (VCOSA)
Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex)
Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)

Development Agencies/ International Organizations

National and international development organizations working within the garment/textile industry

Better Work Vietnam
Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)
Fair Wear Foundation
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Vietnam
CNV Internationaal

Civil Society Organizations/ Non-governmental Organizations

Organizations working within the garment/textile industry

Action Aid
CARE International Vietnam


Social & Labour

Social and labour law, policy, and initiatives


Gender-related law, policy, and initiatives

14.9% of the female workforce in Vietnam are employed in the garment sector, compared to 4.3% male. 74.8% of the workers in the garment sector are women, and 25.2% are men (2020Q3). The median gender pay gap in the garment sector is between 6.5% - 7.1% (Q1-3, 2020).,


Sources of data provided

  1. Population:
  2. GDP Per Capita:
  3. HDI:
  4. Garment / Textile Workers: Labour force statistics (LFS) ILOSTAT Employment by sex and economic activity – ISIC level 2 (thousands) – Annual. Employment ISIC codes 13-15.
  5. Women Workers in the Garment /Textile Industry: Labour force statistics (LFS) ILOSTAT Employment by sex and economic activity – ISIC level 2 (thousands) – Annual. Employment ISIC codes 13-15. Female / Total
  6. Number of Garment / Textile Factories: ILO 2019: Better Work Annual Report 2019. An Industry And Compliance Review.
  7. Garment / Textile Industry Size: VITAS Monthly Report, Page 24
  8. Key Garment / Textile Export Markets: ILO 2019: Better Work Annual Report 2019. An Industry And Compliance Review.
  9. Environment - These resources are thematic related resources on a rotating roster.
  10. Social & Labour - These resources are thematic related resources on a rotating roster.
  11. Gender: ILO calculation based on labour force survey in Viet Nam 2020Q1, 2020Q2, & 2020Q3.
    International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev. 4, the comparable sectors are groups 13 (manufacturing of textiles), 14 (manufacturing of wearing apparel) and 15 (manufacturing of leather and related products)

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