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Over 50% of Taiwan's employers face talent shortage: survey

Over 50% of Taiwan's employers face talent shortage: survey

Taipei, July 25 (CNA) More than 50 percent of employers in Taiwan have experienced talent shortages, with sales representatives topping the list of professionals in shortest supply, according to a survey released by human resources agency ManpowerGroup.
trophy In the 2015 talent shortage survey, ManpowerGroup found that about 57 percent of Taiwanese firms have faced difficulties in recruiting employees, making Taiwan the third country or market on the list in the Asia Pacific region to have such a recruitment headache after Japan (83 percent) and Hong Kong (65 percent).
The 57 percent level was even 12 percentage points higher than the 2014 figure a similar survey found for Taiwan, ManpowerGroup said, adding that this year's figure was the second highest since Taiwan joined the survey in 2006.
Taiwan's poor talent pool makes job openings hard to fill, ManpowerGroup said.
In Taiwan, ManpowerGroup said, a lack of available applicants or no applicants topped the list of reasons for the difficulty in filling jobs (45 percent), 14 percentage points more than the previous year, followed by a lack of hard skills (27 percent) and a lack of soft skills (26 percent).
Soft skills in the survey included team work, interpersonal skills, creativity, motivation, presentation skills and experience, ManpowerGroup said.
The survey found that working as sales representatives were the jobs which employers said were the most difficult to fill, in particular in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors.
Employers in those sectors said that candidates were usually short of industry-specific certificates to be qualified to perform their duties, according to ManpowerGroup. The agency added that these employers have been looking for candidates with international finance-related certifications or skills in a second foreign language skill.
The survey showed that employers in the manufacturing sector have been eager to recruit technicians, while a shortage of engineers, in particular civil engineers, has bothered employers in the mining and construction sectors.
According to the survey, about 40 percent of Taiwanese employers said talent shortage has been hurting their companies' competitiveness, productivity, and the ability to meet client needs, but most of the employers surveyed still thought talent shortage only imposed a "medium" impact on their operations.
"Although talent shortage deepens, Taiwan's employers have not yet paid much attention to what consequences this may bring," Sunny Chen, a manager with ManpowerGroup Taiwan said in a statement. (By Tsai Yi-chu and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-18 02:30 GMT+08:00