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Unpaid leave down at Hsinchu Science Park last month

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The average daily number of employees on unpaid leave at the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區) fell to 2,200 at the end of last month, from a record high of 14,500 in January, which is the latest indication of an economic recovery, park administration director-general Randy Yen (顏宗明) said yesterday.

Meanwhile, the number of companies implementing unpaid leave fell from a peak of 76 in April to 34 at the end of last month, and the number of workers on involuntary unpaid leave dropped from 96,911 in January to 16,795 at the end of last month, Yen said, citing statistics compiled by the administration.

Yen quoted the figures at a news conference to promote a job fair scheduled for July 11. A total of 32 companies, including Taiwan’s leading chip makers, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), United Microelectronics Corp (聯電) and MediaTek Inc (聯發科), as well as AU Optronics Corp (友達) and Innolux Display Corp (群創), will join the fair to recruit employees, Yen said.

A total of 2,184 positions for engineers, administrative assistants and technicians will be offered at the fair, Yen said.

Most of the jobs — 648 will require at least a master’s degree, 550 will require a four-year university degree, 501 will be open to two-year college degree holders and 474 — will be available to people with a minimum qualification of a senior high school diploma, Yen said.

Judging from the declining number of workers on unpaid leave and the increased water and energy consumption at the park, it appears that the economy is recovering, Yen said.

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