New jobs opening up in IC packaging and testing sector

Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) Several local integrated circuit packaging and testing service providers are hiring new employees this year to meet the need for production expansion, market sources said Tuesday. Most of the newly recruited employees will fill vacancies on production lines, and employers are offering salaries of over NT$25,000 (US$844) per month to their new workers, the sources said. Siliconware Precision Industries Co. said it is planning to recruit more than 500 new employees after the Lunar New Year holiday, which will end Feb. 17. The company said it will hire an additional 500 employees by the end of this year, mostly for its production base in Changhwa County, at a starting pay of between NT$28,000 and NT$37,000 per month. King Yuan Electronics Co. is seeking up to 1,000 new employees for a new plant that is being built in Tongluo Township, Miaoli County at cost of NT$1 billion. The IC testing service provider's Tongluo plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013. In addition, King Yuan said it has expanded cooperation with vocational schools to recruit student interns, who will have a chance of formal employment later if they perform well. About 54 students started working for King Yuan under the cooperation program at the end of January, at a monthly salary of NT$30,000 to NT$32,000 that includes a transportation allowance, according to the company. Walton Advanced Engineering Inc. said it is planning to hire up to 100 new employees this year, which will account for about 5 percent of its total workforce. Meanwhile, Greatek Electronics Inc., which specializes in consumer IC packaging, said it urgently needs production line workers and engineers. Memory chip testing service provider Lingsen Precision Industries Ltd. said it is expected to hire 500 to 600 new employees for a new production base that is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of this year. The company said it will offer engineering technicians a starting salary of NT$28,000 to NT$29,000 per month. In addition, Youngtek Electronics Corp. and Chipbond Technology Corp. said they are hiring new employees. New employees can expect to earn more than NT$30,000 per month, including overtime pay and subsidies, Chipbond said. (By Jalen Chung and Frances Huang)