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Shortage of high-tech workers predicted

CNA , TAIPEI

A shortage of workers is forecast for the country's six major high-tech industries over the next two years, according to the results of a survey released on Friday.

The survey forecast a shortage of between 10,000 and 54,000 workers during the period to 2008, depending on how the economy performs.

The poll was conducted jointly by the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the Development Center for Biotechnology and the Science and Technology Advisory Group of the Executive Yuan.

According to the survey, which covered the semiconductor, biotechnology, TFT-LED manufacturing, telecommunications, information service and digital content industries, 140,000 jobs will be created in the six sectors if the economy experiences a boom.

Even if the nation's economic performance is lukewarm, about 106,000 new workers will still be needed in the six sectors, according to the survey.

However, the nation's colleges and universities will only turn out 96,000 graduates equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in these fields.

The semiconductor industry is expected to lead among the six sectors in terms of job opportunities, at 33,600, followed by the biotechnology sector (22,000) and the TFT-LED manufacturing sector (13,900).

In order to ease the worker shortage, biotechnology sector businesses have called for the introduction of foreign high-tech workers.

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