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Hon Hai launches recruitment drive

UP FOR GRABS:More than 20,000 jobs were on offer at a job fair in Taipei yesterday, where Hon Hai Precision Industry started a drive to recruit 15,000 new employees

Staff writer, with CNA

Visitors to a job fair at National Taiwan University in Taipei talk to representatives of one of the participating companies yesterday. More than 20,000 jobs were on offer at the event.

Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海) started a massive recruitment campaign at a job fair at National Taiwan University (NTU) yesterday, as the world’s largest contract electronics maker looks to hire 15,000 new employees this year for future business expansion.

The company, best known for making Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads, said the new employees would be recruited in Taiwan, but do not need to be Taiwanese nationals. Hon Hai said it welcomes different nationalities in an attempt to blend different cultures and backgrounds into its working environment.

While expanding its investments in Taiwan, Hon Hai is also trying to accelerate its efforts in transforming its business in the first half of this year to diversify from being simply a hardware manufacturer to a software and hardware designer, innovator and all-purpose technology partner for its clients.

As a result, the company is targeting young talent in a wide range of areas, such as the 4G network, cloud-based technology, electronics commerce, electronics and electrical engineering, production automation, software development, biotech and optoelectronics.

Hon Hai said it would offer a starting monthly salary of more than NT$36,000 (US$1,188) to new employees with a bachelor’s degree and at least NT$45,000 to master’s degree holders.

Hon Hai said it offers performance bonuses and bonus stocks at certain periods every year and provides scholarships to staff who want to pursue a higher degree, as well as daily healthcare services from a professional medical team and periodic check-ups.

After working for the company for some time, employees will have a chance to be sent to Hon Hai’s overseas production sites located in the US, Indonesia, Japan and China, according to the company.

According to NTU’s statistics, more than 20,000 jobs at 245 companies were on offer at the annual event. Last year, about the same number of positions were offered by 222 companies at the fair.

The university said it has also arranged for 63 companies to hold briefings and 12 company visits for potential employees this year.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, said it planned to hire between 3,000 and 5,000 new employees this year, while China Airlines Ltd (中華航空) has 120 pilot vacancies and flat-panel maker Innolux Corp (群創光電) plans to offer 1,000 research positions this year.

Companies at the fair included MediaTek Inc (聯發科), Asustek Computer Inc (華碩), Cathay Financial Holding Co (國泰金控), Fubon Financial Holding Co (富邦金控), President Chain Store Corp’s (統一超商) and food and beverage operator Wowprime Corp (王品).

Additional reporting by Lisa Wang

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