The Southern Taiwan Science Park (南部科學園區) held a job fair on Saturday with high-tech companies from both inside and outside the park offering 6,748 openings for job seekers.
About 57 firms, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) and United Microelectronics Corp (UMC, 聯電), the world’s top two contract chip makers, participated, the science park said.
UMC was looking for 1,500 new employees, while TSMC was aiming to hire 740 new staff.
Flat-panel maker Chimei Innolux Corp (奇美電子) and solar cell producer Motec Industries Inc (茂迪) turned out to hire 700 and 220 employees respectively.
In his keynote speech, National Science Council Minister Lee Lou-chuang (李羅權) said that since the domestic economy had rebounded from the global financial meltdown, firms were recruiting to meet production needs.
Lee said the country’s three science parks currently employ about 220,000 employees, accounting for a total of NT$2.16 trillion (US$75.1 billion) in production value a year. The southern park generates an annual output of NT$600 billion and employs 60,000 people.
The nation’s two other science parks are Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區) and Central Taiwan Science Park (中部科學園區).
Chen Chun-wei (陳俊偉), head of the southern science park’s Administration Bureau, said the park expects to offer about 10,000 new jobs annually during the next two to three years.
The jobless rate for March fell to 4.48 percent from the 4.69 percent recorded in February. The local job market has been improving gradually after unemployment hit a record high of 6.13 percent in August 2009.