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Top telecoms firms plan to hire 1,700 people

Staff Writer, with CNA

Major domestic telecommunication companies on Sunday announced expansion plans that will create a total of more than 1,700 jobs this year.

Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), the nation’s largest telecommunications company, said it would open an additional 100 stores this year to provide integrated service to customers and will set up more than 200 service centers next year.

The company usually employs an average 10 workers at each store, which means it will create 1,000 jobs by opening 100 new stores, Chunghwa Telecom president Chang Shiao-tung (張曉東) said.

Saying that the average age of Chunghwa’s current employees is relatively high, Chang added that the company would recruit younger staff to work at its new stores.

In addition, the company will recruit R&D engineers and some internal staff, he said.

Chunghwa opened 12 shops in shopping districts last year with the goal of offering integrated digital services.

Meanwhile, Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) said that the company would hire 500 new people, the highest number in five years, in a bid to move from third to second place in the local mobile phone service market this year.

Far EasTone spokeswoman Alison Kao (高治華) said the company hopes to train 1,500 managers and service personnel to promote the “CSI” concept — customer, speed and innovation.

The nation’s second-biggest telecommunications company, Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大), said it plans to hire at least 200 people to work at 60 new “myphone” stores that will be opened this year.

This is in keeping with the company’s efforts to stay competitive in the age of digital convergence, Taiwan Mobile vice president Sean Hsieh (謝樹恩) said.

At present, Taiwan Mobile directly operates 265 stores around the country.

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