Manpower demand expected to grow: labor ministry

Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) The demand for workers in Taiwan is expected to rise by 34,600 between November 2017 and January 2018 from the previous three months, according to a survey published Tuesday by the Ministry of Labor (MOL).The rise is mainly attributed to the manufacturing industry, which reported a net increase of 18,300 in demand for manpower, according to Lo Yi-ling, head of the ministry's Department of Statistics.The survey was conducted between Oct. 23 and Nov. 10 among businesses with 30 or more employees to gauge their need for manpower by the end of January 2018, with a total of 3,040 valid samples collected, Lo said.The survey found that 23.11 percent of employers are willing to increase their workforce between Nov. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2018, while 3.93 percent plan to reduce hiring of new employees, compared with the previous three months.The manufacturing sector has the highest demand, with plans to increase the workforce by 18,300 in the three-month period, followed by the wholesale and retail sector, which wants to hire 4,100 additional staff. The demand for workers in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry comes in third place at 3,500, according to Lo.The main reasons cited by enterprises for growing demand for workers are to fill vacancies arising from resignations and retirements (33.32 percent), to expand business to meet market demand (28.29 percent) and for improving working conditions (17 percent), Lo added.