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Taiwan's employment outlook second-best in world: poll

2012/06/12 19:39:24

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Hiring expectations in Taiwan in the third quarter were the second-strongest in the world behind only India, according to the results of a global survey of employers in 41 countries and territories.

Among 1,063 employers polled in Taiwan, 44 percent reported the intention of hiring new staff, 4 percent predicted a downsizing, according to the results of the survey conducted by the U.S.-based Manpower Group, a global workforce solutions provider.

The other 50 percent of those polled in Taiwan predicted no change in their staff levels, said the report of the quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which interviewed 65,000 employers worldwide.

That came down to a 40 percent net employment outlook in the third quarter, it added.

The net employment outlook increased by 4 percentage points quarter-on-quarter but remained roughly unchanged compared with the previous year, according to the report.

The service sector, finance and real estate sector, along with the manufacturing industry, reported the strongest hiring intention, it added.

Terence Liu, general manager of the company's Taiwan branch, said job growth slowed worldwide because of economic uncertainty, while in Taiwan, it was caused by rising fuel and utility rates and a proposed capital gains tax.

He said, however, that many employers will maintain staff levels and cultivate talent in order to increase competitiveness for the future.

Increasing numbers of Chinese tourists to Taiwan and the upcoming peak tourist season in summer boosted hiring demand in the service sector, he added.

India registered a global-high net employment outlook of 53 percent, while Brazil came in third with 31 percent.

Among the 41 countries and territories in the survey, 17 reported stronger hiring demand in the July-September period compared with the previous quarter and 16 showed weaker demand, while eight remained unchanged.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Jamie Wang)