New job-seekers in the fields of science or technology consider Taiwan Semiconductor Manufac-turing Co (TSMC, 台積電) to be the most coveted company to work for, results of a new opinion poll showed yesterday. \nThe poll, conducted by104 Job Bank (104人力銀行)found that TSMC, Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp (奇美電子) and AU Optronics Corp (友達光電), are the three companies that the new job-seekers are most interested in working for. \nChi Mei is the nation's second-largest maker of flat-panel displays used in computers and televisions, while AU Optronics is the biggest. \nThe top 10 firms are among more than 240 TAIEX-listed and over-the-counter companies in high-technology industries that were listed as possible choices for respondents. \nAccording to the poll, the rest of the top 10 firms were, in descending order, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), MediaTek Inc (聯發科技), Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), United MicroelectronicsCorp (聯電), BenQ Corp (明基電通), IBM Corp and Acer Inc. \nThe job bank conducted the survey by e-mail between May 21 and May 24 by contacting more than 10,000 people who are in high-tech fields, and received 4,116 valid responses. \nAccording to the poll, "obtaining an opportunity to learn higher-level knowledge and skills" tops all reasons behind the high-tech job seekers' motivation to work with a high-tech company or to join a new company. \nOther reasons for the high-tech job-hunters to seek to join a new company is to "put into practice what was learned in school and to realize personal ideals," followed by "good prospects for career development," "better pay," and "global perspectives," in that order, the poll found. \nThe poll also found that nearly 60 percent of the high-tech professionals are interested in having an opportunity to work in China. \nThe latest unemployment rate announced by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics was 4.36 percent in April, the lowest since June 2001. \nFor the first four months of the year, the jobless rate was averaged 4.49 percent. \nThe agency is expected to release jobless report for last month at 4pm today.
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