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More jobs await seekers: council

BETTER PROSPECTS:A decrease in the number of people looking for work on the labor council’s eJob site signals a shift in the job market that should favor workers

By Shelley Huang  /  Staff Reporter

With the job market recovering, an official online job bank showed 2.03 job openings are currently waiting for each registered job seeker.

The period before and after the Lunar New Year is typically a high season for people looking to change jobs in Taiwan. According to eJob, the Council of Labor Affairs’ online job bank, as of the end of last month, there were 256,000 registered job openings on its Web site, a dramatic increase from the same period last year, when 192,000 positions were looking to be filled.

Meanwhile, there were 126,000 registered job seekers who had posted their resumes online for viewing by recruiters. This roughly translates into roughly two job positions per job seeker.

The number of job seekers is also lower compared with the same period last year, when there were 184,000 people looking for work, the council said.

With fewer people looking for a new job, Huang Yen-ju (黃彥儒), a manager at eJob, said that the data appeared to support the view that the job market had changed from one where “people are looking for jobs” to one where “jobs are looking for people.”

By industry, manufacturing leads in its plans to recruit new workers, the job bank said. The retail and distribution industries ranked second, followed by the travel and hospitality business, electronics and information technology, and services.

In terms of job description, quality management and operations management are the most in-demand fields, while sales and marketing, technical services and service staff in the hospitality industry are also hot.

Huang said that with the demand for goods and services in recent months rising, manufacturing and retail businesses have had difficulty hiring enough workers to cope with increased production and operations.

The online job bank said that aside from full-time jobs, part-time opportunities also abound, especially during and after the holiday season.

Those who are considering side jobs to make a little extra income can also check out the council’s job bank Web site.

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