85% of domestic employers willing to recruit fresh graduates: survey
A new survey released recently showed that 85 percent of Taiwan’s employers are willing to hire fresh graduates, seeing their work ethic as their main advantage.
According to the survey conducted by the Taiwan branch of ManpowerGroup, a human resources service company based in the United States, the number of companies inclined to recruit young people fresh out of college grew by 10 percentage points from last year.
Nearly 50 percent of the companies surveyed said their entry-level jobs would pay be- tween NT$25,000 (US$765) and NT$30,000 a month, little changed from a year ago, the survey found.
Only 4 percent of those surveyed, mainly in the transportation and logistics sectors, said they would offer NT$35,000 or more per month to new graduates.
The rising demand for manpower in those two sectors has come with the increasing popularity of e commerce, and some companies are prepared to offer higher entry level pay as young job seekers are less inclined to go into these physically demanding lines of work, said ManpowerGroup.
Of those companies that have hired fresh graduates, 47 percent expressed satisfaction with their performance, praising their work ethic and ability to work under pressure, according to the survey.
Some 70 percent of employers view work ethic as the no. 1 consideration when hiring college graduates.
“If applicants lack related experience, employers are inclined to pick a highly malleable candidate who is willing to learn,” said ManpowerGroup.
The survey also found that 43 percent of the employers polled considered experience as an intern helpful to job seekers.