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47% of Taiwanese firms have difficulty in recruiting talents: survey

2012/08/14 20:09:35

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Nearly half of Taiwan's enterprises have difficulty in soliciting talents, higher than the global average of 34 percent, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.

Taiwan's figure of 47 percent was the eighth highest in the world and the fifth in the Asia-Pacific region behind Japan (81 percent), Australia (50 percent), Indonesia (48 percent), and New Zealand (48 percent).

Conducted by Manpower Group, a leader in workforce solutions, the survey questioned 38,000 employers in 41 countries and territories to gauge the impact of talent shortage on the global labor market.

In Taiwan, 1,020 employers took part in the survey.

Taiwan faces talent shortages mainly because of a lack of employment skills, including soft skills like teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills, and a lack of flexibility in division of labors, the group said.

Hard skills such as professional licenses and foreign language abilities are also insufficient, it said.

Terence Liu, the group's Taiwan manager, said employers are starting to realize that able, competent employees are created through nurturing, which is why they have started to relax requirements for hard skills and focus on soft skills.

Employers are beginning to prioritize the recruitment of talents with soft skills and then provide them with on-job training to get them familiar with hard skills, Liu said.

Liu suggested that employees focus on both their soft and hard skills to seek better opportunities in the workforce.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Lilian Wu)