Hundreds of jobseekers lined up in the chilly weather on Saturday hoping to land a job at Michelin-starred dumpling chain Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐).
The renowned restaurant group recruited people to fill a total of 100 openings for chefs, dim sum trainees, cashiers, general service staff, cleaners and dishwashers.
A line of about 100 people formed within 30 minutes outside Din Tai Fung’s training center on Saturday morning. The number of applicants later swelled to 400 by 12pm, according to Formosa TV.
Job applicants were lured by Din Tai Fung’s relatively attractive salary and benefits.
Salaries for qualified chefs starting at NT$55,000 (US$1,809) per month, and for waiters and service staff starting at between NT$38,000 and NT$42,000.
Most companies in Taiwan’s service sector offer less than NT$30,000 per month for entry-level positions.
The restaurant chain is also said to offer generous year-end bonuses, with store managers capable of earning bonuses equivalent to 20 months salary, Formosa TV said.
The turnout was typical of the company’s recruiting drives, which have drawn interest from up to 1,000 job seekers at a time in the past.
One of the job hopefuls said that she had an overseas degree and had studied English and French, and was applying for a job because of her interest in the restaurant business.
It was the first recruiting drive by Din Tai Fung following the Lunar New Year holiday, a period when many people look to switch jobs after having received year-end bonuses from their previous employer.
In a recent survey conducted by an online job human resources firm, 52.2 percent of companies said they would be hiring after the holiday to fill positions left vacant because of staff turnover.
The survey added that 34.8 percent of companies would do so to support growth in their businesses.
The Export Processing Zone Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced, that optoelectronics manufacturers in the export processing zone’s Taichung industrial park is to hold a job fair on Feb. 11.
Several high-tech companies in the industrial park, such as United Radiant Technology Corp (光聯科技), Evervision Electronics Co (億力光電) and Lingsen Precision Industries Ltd (菱生精密), will be recruiting people to fill 250 openings for engineers, quality control personnel, and production line workers.