Understand Vietnamese Gen Z for hiring them in the future

Research / Surveys

Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2019.: Adecco Vietnam’s first edition of CEOs in 2050 Survey is released today, focusing on Generation Z – the main labour workforce in the future. The study investigates the top skills and qualities future CEOs need to lead, and how they prepare to take the leap.

To help you develop your playbook for hiring Gen Z, here’s everything you need to know

In Vietnam, Gen-Zers make up one-seventh of the country’s population. Born between 1995 and 2015, they exist in a world where the line of the physical and digital world is blurry at best. They start to emerge and become leaders in the future. The survey aims to better understand how Gen Z thinks about their role as CEOs in 2050. The results show that 70% agreed that CEOs in 2050 still need to be University qualified, reflecting the importance of formal education, while at the same time noting that 66.7% Gen Z believe soft skills will be more important than technical skills.

Essential CEO skills: people management and leadership

Gen Z believes People Management & Leadership are the two most important skills current CEOs need to work on. Additionally, one third think CEOs must possess Emotional Intelligence (28.8%), followed by Creativity (24,3%) and Self-awareness (24.3%).

Looking forward to 2050, Gen Z-ers characterized future CEOs as strong leaders, excellent communicators, and data-driven decision makers. However, data-driven decision making is the skill that Gen Z feels underprepared. Additionally, more than one third think their current education should help them build up skillset in Negotiation, Agile project management, and Emotional Intelligence.

Mr. Andree Mangels, General Director, Adecco Malaysia & Vietnam, observes: ‘Globalisation and technology advancement demand a new leadership style, which requires data-driven decision-making skills and effective people management. Gen Z is a remarkable generation. They are self-conscious about who they are, what they want and which traits they need to enhance for success. Curiosity and fast learning agility are the key drivers for Gen Z to adapt to the ever-changing environment and will bring innovative solutions to the workforce.’

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About Adecco Group: The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 33,000 employees and around 5,100 branches in 60 countries and territories around the world, the Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting approximately 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.


Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Established in Vietnam in 2011, Adecco has developed the network and expertise to assist companies in building successful teams. We connect over 3,500 Associates each day through Adecco network of over 100 Employers.


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