Sun, Jan 28, 2007 - Page 11 News List

Number of jobseekers up 34.5%, says 104 Job Bank

EMPLOYMENT More people are looking for new jobs this month than in January last year amid lower annual bonuses and the Rebar Group crisis, the company said

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Approximately 200,000 people are looking for jobs this month through 104 Job Bank -- the country's leading online employment service provider, up 34.5 percent compared with the same month last year, company officials said yesterday.

They said the trend was consistent with the results of a survey released by the job bank last month, which showed that more than 50 percent of office workers are planning to change jobs after the Lunar New Year holiday.

Chiu Wen-jen (邱文仁), the company's marketing director, said that the decrease in year-end bonuses this year and the insolvency of two subsidiaries of the Rebar Asia Pacific Group (力霸亞太企業集團) had raised workers' sense of crisis, prompting them to seek opportunities for better jobs.

As a result, a larger number of job seekers have appeared this month compared with January last year, although the Lunar New Year holiday starts 20 days later this year than last year, Chiu said.

Attracted by the high bonuses offered by high-tech companies, 25,000 job seekers are targeting openings in these companies this month, according to the job bank's tallies.

The five most popular fields among the job seekers are the electronic parts and components industry, the semiconductor industry, the software and Internet-related industries, the optical industry and the computer and consumer electronics manufacturing industries.

Of the job openings available in the information technology industry, those related to mobile phones, semiconductor, IC design, flat panel displays and games have drawn the largest number of job seekers.

In terms of the employment demand in the information technology industry this month, there are 15,000 openings for research and development engineers, 8,400 openings for process engineers, 2,400 openings for semiconductor engineers, 1,200 openings for software engineers and 1,200 openings for photonics engineers.

Meanwhile, Chiu said that besides workers who are planning to change jobs, many job seekers in January are those who have just completed their military service, 73.2 percent of whom are college or university graduates.

The positions targeted by this group of job seekers are mainly in research and development, process planning, software engineering and sales, Chiu said.

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