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Two surveys uncover employment trends

STAY OR GO:More new hires are quitting their jobs within three months, while the nation’s economic recovery pushes employers to hire more first-time jobseekers

By Amy Su  /  Staff reporter

Three-quarters of Taiwanese employers would consider hiring first-time jobseekers, according to a survey released by ManpowerGroup yesterday.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based employment agency said companies are willing to step up recruitment on the back of the nation’s economic recovery.

The agency’s latest survey showed that 75 percent of the 1,000 Taiwanese employers polled are considering hiring new people, while 20 percent are not.

“As the economy continues to recover ... we have observed that it has been easier for university graduates to find jobs this year,” ManpowerGroup’s Taiwan’s operations director Joan Yeh (葉朝蒂) said in a statement.

The survey also found that nearly half of the polled Taiwanese employers are having difficulty filling jobs, largely due to a lack of qualified applicants or no applicants at all.

Yeh said this indicates that talent shortages have become acute for certain positions.

Meanwhile, more than 75 percent of Taiwanese employers are offering starting salaries above NT$25,000 (US$835) per month, with 62 percent of respondents willing to provide a higher starting salary for new graduates who have done internship programs in relevant industries, the survey found.

Although it appears that it has not been that difficult for first-time jobseekers to get an offer this year, more than one-third of them have chosen to quit the position within three months, a separate survey discovered.

The survey, conducted by 104 Corp (一零四資訊科技), which operates the nation’s largest online human resources agency, 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行), showed that 35.5 percent of the newly hired in Taiwan quit their jobs within three months, with most of them resigning within a month.

“As the nation’s economy rebounds this year, companies have more job openings than before, leading new employees to change jobs quickly,” 104 Job Bank senior vice president Hung Kuang-Li (洪廣禮) said in a statement.

The number of unemployed people who quit a position due to dissatisfaction with the position accounted for about 35 percent of all unemployed people last month, with those who were jobless because of business closures or downsizing showing a continuous decline, also in line with the trend, Hung said, citing data provided by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

The online labor agency’s data this month showed that job openings — including full-time, part-time and dispatch jobs — totaled 562,000, down 2 percent from the record-high level for this year of 573,000 recorded last month, but still up 21.7 percent from the same period last year.

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