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New site aiming to help foreign spouses find jobs

Staff writer, with CNA

A job site for foreign spouses began a trial run yesterday in preparation for its official launch on Jan. 24.

More than 50 employers have so far advertised more than 300 job openings on the site, which was set up by 1111 Job Bank in cooperation with the National Immigration Agency.

The majority of jobs listed are in the food and restaurant industry.

The jobs are divided into four main categories: immediate start, prompt response, no experience required and part-time.

Job seekers can search by position, industry or location, using a map to find vacancies near where they live.

National Immigration Agency Director-General Hsieh Li-kung (謝立功) said the new service will help foreign spouses looking for jobs and businesses that need workers.

A survey conducted last year by the Cathay Charity Foundation showed that of the 470,000-plus married immigrants in Taiwan, 180,000 were jobless.

One of the first users of the new site was Li Yuezhi, a 40-year-old Chinese spouse who had worked as a high school teacher before coming to Taiwan 17 years ago. Li said the site is convenient and that she had received several invitations for job interviews after using it.

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