Hiring outlook for January rosy: government poll

Demand for manpower in Taiwan at the end of January 2017 will show a net increase of 26,500 workers compared with the end of October this year, according to a survey published Tuesday by the Ministry of Labor.

The poll showed that 19.34 percent of businesses in the country plan to hire more workers in January compared with October, while 69.06 percent said their workforce demand will not change.

The number of new hires at the end of January will be 35,200, while 8,700 jobs will be cut, leaving a net increase of 26,500, the poll showed.

The projected net increase was slightly higher than the figure of 8,504 for the same period in January this year.

In breakdown among industries, the net increase in the industrial sector will be 13,000 at the end of January, 13,600 in the service sector, and 11,800 in the manufacturing sector, 3,800 in wholesale and retail, and 2,900 in the hotel and dining business, according to the poll.

The labor ministry said that despite the slow global economy, Taiwan’s semiconductor industry has continued to grow, which is one of the contributing factors in the bright hiring outlook for January.

In addition, strong demand for goods and services ahead of the Jan. 28 Lunar New Year holiday and for mobile device exports is also boosting hiring, the ministry said.

The labor ministry’s poll was conducted between Oct. 24 and Nov. 11 among businesses with 30 or more employees. It collected 3,075 effective samples and had a margin of error of 1.77 percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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