Thu, May 30, 2002 - Page 17 News List

Job agency walking fine line with cross-strait fair

By Joyce Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

One of the nation's top employment agencies is walking a fine line between business and politics by promoting a major job fair for jobs in China.

The job fair -- which boasts more than 1,000 well-paid openings -- will be held in Hong Kong in June to recruit China-bound talent from Asian countries. Promoters are calling the fair a good chance for unemployed workers in Taiwan to find new jobs.

"The lowest salary offered will be 500,000 reminbi (US$59,455) per year while the highest will be eight million reminbi (US$963,265)," said Kenny Ng (伍沛強), general manager of Hong Kong-based Manpower Resource Computing Ltd (晉興公司).

Manpower yesterday signed an agreement in Taipei with 1111 Job Bank (1111人力銀行) to co-organize the event.

Ng said 150 firms -- of which nearly 100 are Chinese firms -- will take part in the event. The aim is to locate high-level management talent in the construction, information technology, financial and traditional industries outside of China.

Ng added that Taiwan's competitive edge when it comes to human resources lies in its high-tech workers and middle-managers -- the latter of whom were recently laid off in large numbers due to the economic recession.

"Taiwan's middle-management talent with at least five to 10 years' working experience can easily adapt to top management positions in China," Ng said.

Because government regulations fail to clearly regulate the flow of workers across the Strait, it's unclear whether the upcoming job fair violates the law.

David Wang (王孝慈), general manager of 1111 Job Bank, said yesterday said that organizers will abide by the law in holding the event.

Wang noted that the job bank's surveys indicate that 25.2 percent of job-seekers are willing to work in China now and 38.6 percent would be willing to relocate there in the future. He invited local job hunters to post their resume on the company's Web site at www.1111.com.tw.

Wang also yesterday said he hoped the government would soon revise laws that are unfriendly to employment agencies that want to operate across the Strait.

For example, the Employment Services Law (就業服務法) forbids local headhunters from providing services in China.

A government official dealing with employment and vocational training told the Taipei Times yesterday that authorities are looking into the job fair's details to see if it conflicts with government rules.

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