Workers eyeing jobs in ASEAN market up almost 70%: job bank

Taipei--Local employees who want to work in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market rose almost 70 percent over the past two years, according to statistics released by the 104 online job bank Monday.

According to the job bank, about 38,000 jobseekers in Taiwan had expressed interest in working in the ASEAN market as of the end of 2016, up 67 percent from the end of 2014.

The statistics show that one out of five jobseekers said that they want to work in the ASEAN market, with female jobseekers, in particular in the age group of 26-30, expressing stronger interest than male jobseekers to land jobs there.

The job bank said that single female jobseekers also had stronger desire than their married counterparts to land jobs in the ASEAN market.

On the other hand, the number of employees in Taiwan who wanted to find a job in the China market rose only 2.7 percent over the same two- year timeframe at a time when the China market has been losing its shine after years of rapid development, the job bank said.

As of the end of 2016, about 167,000 local jobseekers wanted to land a job in China, up from some 163,000 recorded at the end of 2014, the job bank said.

During the 2011-2016 period, the statistics show, demand for talent in the information technology sector rose 120 percent, beating the average of a 67 percent increase in the local job market.

The job bank said that demand for IT talent spans a wide range of new IT businesses such as handheld devices, cloud technology, Internet of Things, augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality, artificial intelligence and even software development for applications used by the financial sector.

Based on the rising demand for new IT talent, the job bank said that jobseekers should develop integrated knowledge not only in technology but also in other areas to make themselves more competitive. The job bank said that U.S. President Donald Trump's America First initiative could prompt many foreign investors, including Taiwanese firms, to move to the U.S. market, which is likely to cut job offerings in the local market.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel