CLA to open migrant labor hiring website

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–Come next year, Taiwan employers will be able to directly pick and hire migrant workers, sidestepping costly brokers and cutting short the waiting time, as a direct hiring website operated by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) will come on line on the last day of 2011.

After a test run scheduled for mid-November, the website will be officially in service in January of 2012 if connectivity is found to be satisfactory, according to a CLA press released dated Oct. 18.

After the official launch of the website next year, it will work by matching the requirements outlined by employers with the manpower information fed to a database by source countries of migrant workers.

Documents from employers will be forwarded through the CLA’s “Direct Hiring Center,” while the Taipei representative offices of the source countries will help their own migrant workers with the application paperwork. Aside from the regular administrative fee, employers will be not charged extra, Fu Hui-chi (傅慧芝), a division chief with CLA’s Bureau of Employment and Vocation Training, told reporters yesterday For each migrant worker brought in, an employment can save as much as NT$17,888 in fees payment to brokering agencies, while a migrant worker will no longer have to pay an average NT$24,000 in service fees to such agencies before they can come to Taiwan to work, Fu added. Currently, both employers in Taiwan and migrant workers in source countries have to pay the brokers and go through complicated paperwork and other formalities. The problem is further compounded by Taiwan’s requirement that migrant workers have to return to their home countries and go through the same process again after a three-year stay in Taiwan. Their employers, even if they are hiring the same persons again, are also required to apply for permission anew.

The website will at first serve employers and migrant workers seeking to renew their contracts, but applications by first-time employers and job applicants will be accepted shortly after. The matching service will be available to migrant domestic assistants first and to migrant employees in construction, the manufacturing sector, and fishery later.