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Taiwanese bosses top Asia in worrying about loss of talent


Employers in Taiwan and India are the most concerned in Asia about the exodus of qualified workers from their homelands to work in other countries, according to a poll that was released yesterday.

The global poll of 28,000 bosses showed that 64 percent of employers in Taiwan and 57 percent in India were among the “most concerned,” putting them fourth and fifth in the country rankings.

Topping the list was Peru, where 82 percent of respondents worried about a brain drain, followed by Argentina with 66 percent and South Africa with 65 percent, according to the survey commissioned by Manpower, an international employment agency.

China topped the list of those “least concerned about national talent leaving to work abroad.” Only 1 percent of bosses polled there cared.

Japan emerged third with 12 percent after Ireland, where 7 percent showed concern.

Employers in Hong Kong and Singapore were not losing much sleep about outward migration of talent either. Twenty percent of those queried in Hong Kong and 22 percent in Singapore were troubled, the poll said, putting them in 11th and 12th place respectively.

“The movement in talent is a growing part of the reality of managing what is rapidly becoming a borderless workforce,” the study said.

“Individuals are increasingly willing and able to find employment far from their homes whether they are Filipino electricians working in Western Australia or Indian petrochemical engineers working in the Arabian Gulf states,” it added.

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