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More than 60% of firms planning new hires in Q4

By Crystal Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

More than 60 percent of local companies plan to recruit new staffers in the next three months as the economy shows signs of recovery, a survey released by the online 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) found.

The survey found 66.6 percent of the companies want to hire new employees to meet rising demand, strengthen sales divisions and fill vacancies.

Nearly 62 percent of respondents said their revenues have returned to positive growth and they needed to expand their sales staff.

Monica Chiu (邱文仁), marketing director of the job bank, said yesterday that 87.5 percent of financial sector respondents intend to expand their payrolls this quarter, followed by health and hygiene companies at 74.5 percent and electronic firms at 70.8 percent.

Chiu said 37.3 percent of the new jobs are in sales, followed by marketing at 15.6 percent and engineering development workers at 12.2 percent.

She said job hunters should be prepared for performance-based salaries in sales jobs.

“While such jobs tend to have unstable incomes, they promise greater mobility for capable employees,” she said.

More than half — 55.1 percent — of employers said they will take sales experience into account for promotions, Chiu said.

Meanwhile, quick learning, a positive attitude and loyalty top the list of qualities employers expect to find in new employees, the survey found.

A sizable number of firms are also emphasizing foreign linguistic proficiency, problem-solving ability and creativity, the survey found.

The survey found that jobs in medical and environmental protection have the highest annual salary of NT$758,000 (US$23,555), followed by electronic communications and mass communications sectors with annual salaries at NT$650,000 and NT$634,000 respectively.

Since many firms have frozen salaries for two years, 35 percent of job seekers said they were interested in sales to boost income and expand interpersonal relations, the survey found.

The survey was conducted between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14 and received 4,998 valid samples.

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