Date
26 September 2017
Taiwan Power Company has been stepping up its recruitment of technicians since last year in anticipation of a surge in retirements in the coming decade. Photo: Bloomberg
Taiwan Power Company has been stepping up its recruitment of technicians since last year in anticipation of a surge in retirements in the coming decade. Photo: Bloomberg

Job applicants swarm Taiwan utility

The latest recruitment drive by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) for junior electricians has attracted over 13,000 applicants, including doctorate and master’s degree holders, to sit in the written test, Taiwan’s Apple Daily reported Monday.

The power firm held the examination on Sunday to hire 830 junior technicians with a monthly salary of NT$27,000 (US$904). Some applicants said a job at a public utility looks promising as the job market has become very competitive.

Taipower has been stepping up its recruitment of technicians since last year in anticipation of a surge in retirements in the coming decade.

Of the 18,000 people who have applied, over 13,000 turned up at the written exam on Sunday, translating into a ratio of 72 percent.

Most of the applicants are aged between 23 and 30, according to Taipower sources, with a large portion of them being college degree holders or working as engineers, teachers and other professionals.

Despite the relatively lower salary, the staff benefits at Taipower are the envy of many. They include medical insurance, on-the-job study subsidies, and year-end bonuses equivalent to nearly five months’ salary. They also get paid marriage, maternity and compassionate leaves. Children of company staff also receive subsidies when they go to universities and research institutes, the report said.

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