Fri, Nov 23, 2012 - Page 14 News List

Fair offers 10,000 roles in a depressed jobs market

SECONDARY SKILLS:Despite the positions on offer at the job fair, job seekers face a depressed market and should learn additional skills, a job bank pundit said

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

The Industrial Development Bureau yesterday announced that domestic companies at a job fair at Taipei Show Hall 2 would offer more than 10,000 job openings on Dec. 1, urging job seekers to grasp opportunities to land a job ahead of the Lunar New Year.

According to the bureau, McDonald’s Corp, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), Transcend Corp (創見科技), Yulon Group (裕隆集團) and Farglory Group (遠雄集團) are among the participating firms that will release more than 3,000 job openings at the fair.

Overall, a total of 155 firms are to participate in the job fair, with 60 percent of the companies in the consumer service industry, 30 percent in the technology industry and 10 percent in traditional industries, Hong Huei-song (洪輝嵩), a director at the bureau, said at a press conference yesterday.

Despite the forthcoming job fair, the latest poll by 1111 Job Bank (1111, 人力銀行), which was released yesterday, found that more than 92 percent of job seekers have been waiting for a job offer for on average 4.47 months but still cannot find ideal positions.

The results come as the Council of Labor Affairs’ latest report showed that the number of people forced to take unpaid leave had increased to 4,385 by the middle of this month, from 1,486 at the end of last month.

Based on the online job bank’s survey, in the September-to-November period, 53 percent of 522 job seekers surveyed said they are “involuntarily unemployed,” 18 percent said they were laid off because their original employers were reconstructing and streamlining operations, while 19.35 percent had just graduated from college.

Among the “voluntarily unemployed” group, 44.86 percent said they could not stay at their original position because they were dissatisfied with their former employer’s corporate culture.

The poll showed that nearly 35 percent of respondents said they quit their jobs purely because they would like to change their careers, while 31.28 percent said they did not enjoy working for their employers because they did not get a sense of achievement.

Henry Ho (何啟聖), a public relations director at 1111, said yesterday that the number of job openings are not likely to increase significantly before the end of the year. He suggested job seekers take part-time jobs or take occupational training courses to get through these transitional times before receiving their ideal offer from employers in the future.

“It’s important for job seekers to advance individual competitiveness by receiving continuing education or learning a second expertise,” Ho said.

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