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Job survey shows rising demand for dispatch workers

By Amy Su  /  Staff reporter

The demand for dispatch workers grew 19-fold over the past eight years, as employers adopt a more flexible attitude toward hiring, 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) said yesterday.

According to the online job agency’s latest report, the number of dispatch jobs reached 29,000 this year.

The survey conducted by the job bank also showed the number of firms willing to hire dispatch workers rising 8 percent this year from five years earlier.

“More bosses in different industries are leaving certain positions open for manpower agencies to fill them up with dispatch workers,” Shelly Wu (吳麗雪), vice president at 104 Human Resource Consultant Corp (104人力資源顧問), said in the report.

The financial, electronics and manufacturing sectors offer the highest number of jobs for temporary workers, the report said. However, in terms of growth, domestic-demand sectors, such as hotels, tourism, wholesale and retail industries, showed the sharpest expansion in demand for temporary workers this year, the report showed.

A separate survey by the job bank showed that 79 percent of jobseekers were willing to take up temporary work in future, up 9 percentage points from five years ago.

Wu said more jobseekers were willing to accept temporary work as more white-collar positions in reputable firms open up. The salaries for such jobs — such as systems engineers, sales and financial staff — are comparable to regular employment, with more opportunities to be promoted to permanent positions, it said.

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