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Fast-food firms offer jobs, eyeing minimum wages

WATCHING THE CLOCK:McDonald’s Corp is planning a huge boost to its Taiwan outlets and its recruitment drive coincides with a government increase to basic pay levels

By Amy Su  /  Staff reporter

The near-term store expansion plans of major fast food restaurant chains in Taiwan have been driving up domestic demand-oriented industries’ hiring over the last three months, the latest report by 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) showed.

However, the manufacturing sector’s demand for new hires has contracted given the impact of sluggish momentum on exports, the report said.

The online manpower agency’s data showed job openings from the catering industry topped all the sectors by growing more than 70 percent for last month from a year earlier, the third consecutive month to see growth of more than 70 percent.

“The modest momentum of domestic consumption made hiring demand from domestic demand-oriented industries relatively steady,” 104 Job Bank marketing director Regis Chen (陳力孓) said in a press release.

However, the continuous contraction of exports dragged down offers from the manufacturing sector, with only a handful of industries — such as software, telecommunications and machine tools — showing growth, the report’s data indicated.

Restaurant expansion plans were the major factor behind an increase in the hiring seen in the catering industry, the job bank said.

Job openings from McDonald’s Corp, one of the world’s largest fast-food chains, climbed nearly six-fold last month from a year earlier to hit 15,000, with the company announcing earlier it would expand the number of restaurants in Taiwan to 500 by 2015, from the current 360 outlets it operates.

An Shin Food Services Co (安心食品), the operator of Taiwan’s second-largest fast-food chain, MOS Burger, also posted 43 percent annual growth in job openings for last month, statistics showed.

Fast food nation

‧ McDonalds is planning to increase its Taiwan outlets by nearly 50 percent.

‧ MOS Burger posted 43 percent annual growth in job openings.

More than 100 of the McDonald’s job offers were management positions with a monthly wage of more than NT$40,000 for successful applicants holding a master’s degree and NT$30,000 for graduates, 104 Job Bank said.

The level was substantially higher than the accommodation and catering industry’s NT$27,702 average monthly wage posted in May, data offered by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) showed.

McDonalds’ hiring drive confirmed that more companies in the accommodation and catering sectors are hiring less workers paid by the hour and are transfering many of them to a monthly wage system in the near future following the government’s move to raise the minimum hourly wage, the job bank said in a separate statement.

Last week, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) announced the minimum monthly wage would be raised from NT$18,780 to NT$19,047, while the hourly rate would be increased from NT$103 to NT$109 next year.

“The accommodation and catering industry would be affected the most by the new policy as it has always had the highest demand for part-time workers, who are paid by the hour,” Chen said.

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