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Taiwan’s ‘green-collar’ economy trumpeted as new gold rush
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A view of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm near Great Yarmouth, UK.

Photo: Reuters

Phase one of Taiwan’s offshore wind project, earmarked for completion by 2025, is expected to create 20,000 high-income job openings. According one headhunter’s estimates, the basic monthly salary for future “green-collar” jobs in Taiwan will be NT$70,000, while middle-tier positions will start at NT$100,000. Developers are currently actively cultivating talent in Taiwan and assisting with the establishment of training courses. For instance, Danish company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have coordinated a partnership between National Taiwan University (NTU) and leading research institution for wind energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In September, NTU will begin offering an educational program in offshore wind. In addition, Orsted and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology have partnered together to produce a PhD course in offshore wind, which is scheduled to begin enrolling students next year.

The NT$900 billion investment in offshore wind has caused some of the world’s largest overseas companies to flock to Taiwan and triggered a wave of labor demand. Adam Wade, a director at Singapore-based headhunting agency Next Wave, says he is bullish about Taiwan’s offshore wind potential and plans to open an office in Taiwan later this year. Wade says there are also a large number of developers that currently do not have a presence in Taiwan but have set their sights on entering the Taiwanese market, and expects a demand for labor will be sky-high as a result. Wade says that at any one time he has 30 positions in urgent need of being filled.

The director of another headhunting company says that the burgeoning industry’s rapid development means that Taiwanese salaries will approach European levels and predicted that entry-level “green-collar” positions such as installers, operators, operational maintenance workers, construction workers and occupational health and safety specialists will earn at least NT$70,000 per month. Medium and high level positions such as within the fields of investment decision-making, project financing, legal affairs, supply chain and technical engineering can expect to take home NT$100,000 and above per month. Also, jobs paying salaries of NT$60,000 in the public sector for engineering PhD graduates are already extremely in demand, and those jobs in the offshore wind sector are sure to be regarded as “green collar with gold braiding.”


1. offshore wind phr.


(li2 an4 feng1 dian4)

2. headhunter n.


(lie4 ren2 tou2 ye4 zhe3)

3. developer n.


(kai1 fa1 shang1)

4. flock v.


(yun2 ji2)

5. potential n.


(qian2 neng2)

6. memorandum of agreement phr.


(bei4 wang4 lu4)

7. wind farm phr.


(feng1 chang3)

As for how to get hold of one of these positions, a large number of developers have signed memoranda of agreement with colleges to joint-run courses as a way to foster new talent. Some developers are even offering on-the-job training programs. CIP is currently working with NTU’s Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering and Denmark’s DTU under a trilateral memorandum of agreement.

(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)


台灣離岸風電九千億元投資,全球最大外商雲集,引發一波人力需求。新加坡獵才公司Next Wave董事韋艾德表示,看好台灣離岸風電潛能,今年將在台設辦公室,且有多家「目前未在檯面上」的開發商有意進入台灣市場,招兵買馬的需求很強烈,光是他自己手上就隨時有三十個職缺急需人才。


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