Taiwan bans China job ads in response to talent poaching

04/30/2021 01:39 PM
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Taipei, April 30 (CNA) The Ministry of Labor (MOL) recently sent an official notice to several online job banks, indicating it is stepping up the enforcement of laws that prohibit them from helping Chinese employers recruit employees in Taiwan by placing job ads on their platforms.

Several job recruiting websites including 104, 1111 and yes123 confirmed Thursday they have received the notice.

According to yes123, it has removed around 200 job openings in China from its website, most of which were in the preschool education sector.

The ministry's notice stated that the development of China's semiconductor industry has been adversely impacted by the U.S.-China technology war, so Beijing has resorted to stealing technology and poaching talent from Taiwan to build its own semiconductor supply chain.

As a result, experienced professionals working in Taiwan's semiconductor sector have become a target for Chinese chip companies looking to secure talent, according to the notice revealed by 104.

However, it is already illegal to advertise China job openings in Taiwan, with "advertisement" referring to the publication of job vacancy data, said Chen Shih-chang (陳世昌), the MOL's Workforce Development Agency section head.

Only Taiwanese enterprises permitted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs to invest in China are allowed to advertise mainland job vacancies in Taiwan, Chen noted.

In addition, Chen said human resources headhunters are not allowed to act as brokers for individuals to work in China, according to Taiwan's regulations.

In the past, these regulations were not strictly enforced in an effort to promote industrial exchanges between the two sides, Chen said.

However, in recent months, China has intensified its efforts to recruit Taiwanese talent into its semiconductor sector and other industries of strategic importance which could pose a competitive threat to Taiwan's industries, according to Chen.

As a result, an inter-ministerial resolution was passed to strictly enforce relevant regulations in this area, Chen added.

The ministry has sent a notice to recruitment firms, asking them to check the listing of job vacancies on their websites, said Shih Chen-yang (施貞仰), director-general of the MOL's Workforce Development Agency.

Those found to illegally advertise China jobs vacancies could face fines ranging from NT$100,000-NT$500,000 (US$3,584-US$17,924), while those engaged in brokerage work face fines from NT$50,000-NT$5 million, Shih added.

Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top China policy agency, said Thursday that the MOL's move is aimed at protecting Taiwan's national security and interests.

(By Wu Hsin-yun, Liang Pei-chi and Evelyn Kao)

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