Cabi­net to en­cour­age for­eign work­ers to re­main

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Pre­mier Mao Chi-kuo ( ) called for cross-min­istry co­op­er­a­tion on im­prove­ments to re­tain­ing and train­ing Southeast Asian work­ers af­ter the Over­seas Com­mu­nity Af­fairs Coun­cil’s (OCAC,

) re­port to the Cabi­net yes­ter­day.

Mao asked OCAC off­i­cal Chen Shyh-kwei ( ) to strengthen pro­pos­als to in­crease in­cen­tives for for­eign work­ers to stay and work in Tai­wan, in­clud­ing giv­ing help to Southeast Asians en­ter­ing Tai­wan’s vo­ca­tional high schools and com­bin­ing the project with the ex­ist­ing New Res­i­dent Pol­icy, Cabi­net spokesman Sun Li­hchyun ( ) said.

The OCAC will ex­am­ine ways to set up an eval­u­a­tion sys­tem for for­eign­ers to en­ter vo­ca­tional high schools in Tai­wan, as re­quested by Mao, who wishes to pro­vide more in­cen­tives and train­ing to keep stu­dents in Tai­wan af­ter grad­u­a­tion, pro­vid­ing Tai­wan with a source of work­ing-age tal­ent amid a shrink­ing na­tive work­ing pop­u­la­tion.

Mao re­ferred to statis­tics re­leased by the Min­istry of La­bor this year, which showed that the na­tion’s work­force would shrink by 180,000 peo­ple per year due to the aging so­ci­ety.

Mao asked Chen to im­ple­ment mea­sures that not only keep for­eign grad­u­ates, but also post­grad­u­ates.

Strengthen Ties with Over­seas

Tai­wanese Busi­nesses

Mao stated that through the mea­sures, the gov­ern­ment aims to strengthen ties with over­seas Tai­wanese by pro­vid­ing trained for­eign work­ers with strong Chi- nese and Southeast Asian guage abil­i­ties.

Should work­ers even­tu­ally re­turn to their home coun­try, they may in turn choose to work in Tai­wanese- owned fac­to­ries at man­age­ment level, Mao said.

Asked why the OCAC is con­cen­trat­ing its ef­fort on Southeast Asia, Chen said that “tra­di­tion­ally, many of Tai­wan’s for­eign stu­dents orig­i­nate from Southeast Asian coun­tries, and some of those coun­tries also have many Tai­wanese-owned fac­to­ries set up there.”

Mao also called for im­prove­ments in ed­u­cat­ing lo­cal busi­nesses about the mea­sures for for­eign work­ers.

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Eval­u­a­tion Sys­tem Do­ing Well:

Chen

Chen pre­sented the re­sults of the eval­u­a­tion sys­tem for for­eign­ers un­der­tak­ing jobs in Tai­wan en­acted last year in July, which saw an 80- per­cent pass rate, pass­ing 693 out of 852 ap­pli­cants as of July 3, 2014 to May 31 this year, with the most ap­pli­ca­tions com­ing from cit­i­zens of Malaysia.

Two thou­sand va­can­cies were in­tro­duced this year, Chen stated, and the gov­ern­ment aims to see 44 per­cent of for­eign work­ers stay­ing in Tai­wan by 2025.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, the eval­u­a­tion sys­tem awards points to for­eign­ers ap­ply­ing to stay in Tai­wan us­ing such cri­te­ria as Chi­nese-lan­guage abil­ity, for­eign­lan­guage abil­ity, ed­u­ca­tion level, work ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sional skills.

”It is an al­ter­na­tive op­tion for for­eign­ers who can­not meet the fixed-wage re­quire­ments, which re­quire a monthly min­i­mum salary of NT$48,971,” Chen said.

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