A lack of talented workers is the major problem facing the opto-electronics industry, and the government should take measures to deal with the situation, industry leaders and local government officials said recently.
They reached the consensus at a seminar held in Tainan County, where the Southern Taiwan Science Park's (
Tainan Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair (
Tainan County Commissioner Su Huan-chih (
Su called on the Ministry of Education to increase the number of higher learning facilities in the south to train people for the industry in the face of strong competition from South Korea and China.
The optoelectronics industry has replaced the semiconductor industry as the most popular with local high-tech staff, the 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) said last week.
The nation's major flat-panel display makers, such as AU Optronics Corp (
But the industry still has a shortage of 20 percent to 30 percent of the qualified manpower it requires, which could amount to as many as 10,000 engineers this year, according to Rocky Yang (
The output value of the nation's optoelectronics industry is projected to grow to NT$838 billion (US$24,741,659,285) this year, a 26 percent jump from NT$664.6 billion last year, and the figure is expected to exceed NT$1 trillion in 2006, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Industrial Development Bureau.