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Food and beverage sector jobs show biggest growth

By Amy Su  /  Staff reporter

Recruitment in the food and beverage sector has shown the biggest growth in the past five year among local industries, according to statistics compiled by the 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行).

The online agency’s data showed that job openings from food and beverage operators totaled 39,428 this month, up 6.19 fold from the same period in 2009.

Openings in the food and beverage sector account for 9.3 percent of the 425,016 listings in the job bank this month, data showed.

“Openings for management associates offered by food and beverage operators would be good choices for college graduates,” Shelly Wu (吳麗雪), vice president at 104 Human Resource Consultant Corp (104人力資源顧問), told a media briefing.

These jobs offer higher salaries and better training than those of clerks in the sector, she said.

The job bank said its data indicated a total of 13,400 jobs were on offer for management associates, double that of three years ago, with about one-quarter coming from the food and beverage sector as well as from hotel operators.

The agency’s data also showed the average monthly salary for a management associate was NT$34,000, or NT$33,000 for a management associate with less than a year’s work experience.

That is higher than the average NT$23,984 starting monthly salary for Taiwanese aged between 15 and 29 years old, according to survey by the Council of Labor Affairs in October last year.

Number crunching:

‧ Job openings in the food and beverage sector this month are up 6.19-fold from 2009.

‧ The sector accounts for 9.3 percent of the listings on 104 Job Bank’s Web site.

‧ Average monthly salaries for management associates in the sector are higher than starting salaries for many Taiwanese workers.

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