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Service trade pact may lift top jobs: online job bank

TALENT REQUIRED:The new jobs created by the service trade pact are likely to be medium to high-level openings, according to 104 Job Bank

By Amy Su  /  Staff reporter

The signing of a cross-strait service trade agreement may increase the number of medium to high-level job openings in Taiwan’s service sector, 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) said yesterday.

That could further reshuffle human resources in certain industries and positively impact the salary levels of those positions, the online job bank said.

The agency’s data showed that job openings in the 12 industries — including the retail, financial and wholesale sectors — involved in the service trade pact currently totaled 180,000, among a total of 450,000 openings in its database.

“We will not see entry-level job openings in these industries show a sharp increase over the near future,” the online job bank’s marketing director Regis Chen (陳力孑) said in a statement released yesterday.

Despite an anticipated store expansion plan following the signing of the service trade pact, most of the new job openings are likely to be part-time positions, Chen said.

The number of medium to high-level job openings offered by these industries may increase first, as opening one store may create three to five medium to high-level job openings on average, the statement said.

The retail sector may see the strongest demand for new talent, followed by the food and beverage sector, as both industries are suffering a talent gap.

The job bank expects jobseekers to care more about “brand,” while some small and medium-sized enterprises may need to offer more attractive wages to keep hold of their workers.

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