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Manufacturing industry facing worker shortage: agency

Manufacturing industry facing worker shortage: agency

Taipei, March 23 (CNA) Taiwan's manufacturing industry is facing a significant shortage of workers, even though some factories are offering monthly salaries of NT$40,000 (US$1,275) for technicians, the Workforce Development Agency reported Monday after compiling data from a local employment website. In February, the total number of people looking for jobs through employment services centers stood at 44,792, while registered job vacancies were pegged at 82,627. This means that 1.84 job opportunities were being offered on average for every job seeker, an increase of 0.08 opportunities from the previous month, the agency said. According to the TaiwanJobs website's talent recruitment databank in February, the top three sectors which had the strongest demand for employees were the manufacturing industry, which was looking for 34,164 workers, followed by the wholesale and retail industry with registered job vacancies of 12,068, and the lodging and catering industry which had registered demand for 8,936 employees. The services industry came in fourth place with registered demand for 7,958 employees, followed by the construction sector with 2,862 vacancies. The top three most in-demand manufacturing jobs were assembly line workers, industrial engineering and manufacturing technicians, and metal-cutting machine tool workers. The gap between supply and demand for industrial engineering and manufacturing technicians was particularly huge at 7,150 in February, a sharp increase from January. This means that 7.22 jobs on average were on offer for each job seeker in this area. In addition, there was a shortfall of over 5,000 in the registration for management trainees and retail outlet managers. Some companies, including mobile handset distributor Senao International and Japanese casual wear brand Uniqlo Co., are offering salaries ranging from NT$35,000-NT$42,000 to hire management trainees, according to the agency. (By Zoe Wei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-06-21 17:34 GMT+08:00