Locals eyeing Asean for work, job poll finds

business April 22, 2017 01:00

By THE CHINA POST
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
TAIPEI

JOB OPPORTUNITIES for locals in Asean countries are growing at a rapid rate as more Taiwanese businesses look to expand into the region, 104 Job Bank said on Thursday.



Most local businesses surveyed by the job bank reported an increasing need for employees to be stationed in Southeast Asia in the next three years.

The 10 members of Asean are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

104’s survey, which was conducted for April, found that the top three Asean countries with the most job opportunities were Vietnam, with 1,711 job openings, followed by the Philippines (1,440) and Singapore (802).

Countries experiencing the largest growth in job opportunities compared with April 2015 were the Philippines (148 per cent), Thailand (30 per cent) and Myanmar (22 per cent).

These figures included both jobs from Taiwanese companies as well |as local and other international |companies with branches in the region.

Overall, 104 found that for every four overseas job opportunities, one was in an Asean country. 

Relative to 2008, the number |of jobs in Asean countries in 2016 was 5.67 times higher, the job bank said.

Taiwanese southbound

About 70 per cent of the businesses surveyed said there weren’t enough local talent to fill positions in Asean nations.

However, as Taiwanese businesses shift their industries to South and Southeast Asia, jobseekers are headed in the same direction, said 104’s senior vice president Jason Chin. Locals are reportedly more willing to work in Southeast Asia than they used to be, he said.

Specifically, willingness had increased by 18.6 per cent from 2014-16, he said.

Other figures, such as willingness to work in China, which fell 1.2 percentage points, or overseas in general, which grew 5.8 percentage points, paled in comparison.