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More local firms plan to hire in second half: 104

By Crystal Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

A rising number of domestic companies plan to recruit staff in the second half of the year to strengthen their sales forces now that the slump has stabilized, a survey by 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) showed yesterday.

A total of 74.6 percent of the companies polled said they intended to hire new employees in the coming months, up from 49.5 percent in December last year, the survey said.

SALES PROFESSIONALS

Monica Chiu (邱文仁), marketing director at the online human resource company, said sales professionals would be the most in demand as 29.4 percent of the companies plan to expand their sales units.

“It is better to have a job than to be unemployed,” Chiu said. “The economic outlook remains unclear despite improving signs.”

Kevin Peng (彭培業), chief executive officer of Taiwan Realty (台灣房屋), said his company planned to hire 3,000 agents at a beginning salary of NT$40,000 (US$1,220) a month.

FOUR CAREERS

The job bank’s survey showed that a sizable number of the firms plan to recruit research and development engineers, marketing professionals as well as machine operators.

Businesses in the finance, insurance, education and real estate sectors showed the highest willingness to recruit staff, according to the survey, which was conducted between July 6 and July 13 with a margin of error of 3.35 percent.

A majority of the firms in the survey, 59.6 percent, said that they had to fill vacancies in critical positions, while 23.3 percent of the companies linked the hiring to expansion plans, the survey results showed.

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