Sun, Nov 21, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Job market bigger in the south: survey

CNA , TAIPEI

The jobs available in southern Taiwan now are nine times the level of three years ago following the establishment of the Southern Taiwan Science Park, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

The survey was conducted by the 104 Job Bank from Nov. 4-8 among 3,818 job seekers and 222 enterprises.

Statistics of the job bank show that 54,982 jobs in southern Taiwan have been advertised on its Web site so far in November, compared with 5,796 in the same month of 2001.

While openings in the fields of finance, securities and insurance have increased by 5,056, those in the electronic manufacturing sector rose by 4,193, and those in the business management and industrial and commercial consulting sectors increased by 2,688.

Positions related to sales and trading were most common, with 15,237 openings available, followed by those related to production and manufacturing, with 12,139 openings and those related to engineering and research and development, with 11,470 openings.

However, the survey found a wide gap between demand and supply.

For example, jobs in the finance, securities and insurance sectors accounted for 9.9 percent of all the jobs in southern Taiwan, but only 6.6 percent of the people in that region were interested in them.

The electronic manufacturing sector offered only 8.3 percent of the openings, but 23.9 percent of people were seeking to enter the popular sector.

Sales personnel positions comprised 30 percent of all openings, but only 8.7 percent of the survey respondents were willing to take such jobs.

Meanwhile, 61 percent of the enterprises and 58 percent of the job seekers surveyed said the scale of the Southern Taiwan Science Park will catch up with that of the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park in three to five years.

On the benefits of working in southern Taiwan, 79.7 percent of the enterprise respondents named the low cost of living, 53.2 percent named the relaxed tempo of life, 40 percent named the low housing costs, and 30.2 percent named the pleasant living environment.

On the problems they face in personnel recruitment in the south, 65.3 percent of the respondents said talent is scant, 26.6 percent cited the high personnel turnover rate and 25.7 percent said their enterprises are not attractive for new talent.

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