Job offers on the rise after Lunar New Year holiday


TAIPEI–Career fairs in southern and central Taiwan offered thousands of new jobs yesterday, boosting the job vacancy rate following the Lunar New Year holiday.

More than 5,000 jobs were on offer at two career fairs in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

Both events, one held by semiconductor maker Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. and the other by the government, attracted large crowds.

One job seeker said that the limited number of jobs on offer at previous career fairs caused many job hunters to settle for less than their ideal jobs. However, the improved economy and job opportunities now allow job seekers to “shop around” for jobs that they find more appealing, he said.

In central Taiwan, the Employment Services Center, Taichung Changhua-Nantou Region held recruitment drives March 3 and March 5 in the Taichung City.

According to the center, many of the people who attended were currently employed or had just left their previous jobs and were seeking better career opportunities.

The majority of the job seekers were in the prime working age group, according to the center.

Bonuses and salaries were the most important considerations for these job seekers, the center said.

A total of seven companies offered over 100 jobs in the March 3 event, while 14 companies offered 128 jobs in Saturday’s event, with the vacancy-filling rate for companies in the traditional industries at close to 50 percent, the highest level ever, the center said.

Meanwhile, the results of a survey conducted in January by the Council of Labor Affairs among 3,015 businesses with 30 or more staff showed that 35 percent of the businesses were planning to hire more employees by the end of April.

The survey predicted that labor demand in Taiwan will record a net increase of 83,612 in the second quarter of 2011.