Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., which makes iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc., offered 5,000 openings at a job fair in Taipei Sunday as part of its plans to expand its operations in Taiwan.
The world's biggest contract electronics maker said it was looking to hire new graduates who specialize in hardware and software automation and circuit design or would be suitable as researchers in the robotics field.
The company also hoped to hire new graduates interested in cloud computing or e-commerce, a key component of the company's transition model this year.
Hsu Shou-kuo, chief technology officer of Hon Hai subsidiary Ingrasys Technology Inc., said Hon Hai's new hires will have the opportunity to put their skills to use in any of its offices in New Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung or around China or in other countries.
Those involved in optoelectronics research could have the chance to work in Japan or Indonesia, a Hon Hai human resources executive said.
The starting salaries being offered by Hon Hai ranged between NT$33,000 (US$1,111) and NT$42,000, according to the company.
Over 20,000 jobs were offered by 222 companies at the fair.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chip maker, said it planned to hire 3,000-5,000 people this year at annual salaries ranging between NT$450,000 and NT$720,000, depending on candidates' educational backgrounds.
Bonuses could push pay levels over NT$1 million a year, the company said.
Innolux Corporation Chairman Tuan Hsing-chien encouraged students from his alma mater National Taiwan University, where the job fair was held, to focus their search not only on getting paid well but also on finding a career they are passionate about and a boss who is willing to guide them.
Innolux Corporation, which employs over 90,000 people in 16 locations around the world, offered 4,500 openings at the fair in the fields of research and development and management.
According to a survey conducted by online manpower agency 1111 job bank, over 68 percent of students who will graduate from universities this year said they will try to get a job immediately after receiving their degrees, up from 65 percent last year.
On average, this year's graduates started looking for a job 2.7 months before graduation, around one month later than students polled last year, the survey found.
About 51 percent of new entrants into the job market were confident of finding jobs soon after graduating, up from 49 percent last year because of an improving job market, according to the survey.
(By Chao-fen Kao, Pan Chi-i, Chung Jung-feng, Hsu Chih-wei and Maia