Garment manufacturers across Vietnam are struggling to find workers as they look to reap the rewards of a rise in export orders, with apparel producers in Ho Chi Minh City reporting serious labour shortages.

Industry chiefs have blamed the lack of workers on the industry#;s policy of failing to set up enough training centres and warned of a severe labour crisis as they look to take on more than 800,000 workers and 6,000 technicians by 2007.