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Mainland Technology Talents in Taiwan

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Mainland Technology Talents in Taiwan
The white-collars from Mainland China come across the Taiwan Strait for employment; they are highly qualified and cost less; they know the Mainland's market needs; they fill the void of Taiwan's human resources; they are trailblazers for Taiwanese products going west to the Mainland; and Taiwanese businesses are fighting to enlist them.
[World Journal report in Taipei, August 4, 2004] As economic prosperity is warming back up, Taiwan's technology industry is grumbling about the shortage of talented personnel. While the supply of local technology talents falls short of the demand, Mainland China's technology talents, whose qualifications are quickly catching up with those of Taiwanese professionals, have thus become new favorites of Taiwanese businesses. As analyzed by human resources professionals, high professionalism and low cost of employment have made Mainland talents "burning to the touch," or very powerful, hot and influential in the job market.
1111人力银行大中华事业部总监傅芳菁表示,台湾科技人才严重不足,人力缺口急速扩大,尤其近几年来,包括戴尔 (DELL) 、IBM等跨国企业纷纷在台设立研发中心,跨国企业研发中心也争相抢夺台湾顶尖人才。
Fang-jing Fu, director of the Greater China Business Department of the 1111 Human Resources Bank, stated that Taiwan is seriously lacking technology talents, and the human resources gap between supply and demand is growing rapidly. This has been especially true in recent years, as international businesses, including DELL and IBM, have established R&D centers in Taiwan. Many R&D centers of global enterprises are also fighting to grab Taiwanese top-notch talents.
According to the statistics of human resources professionals, there are less than 4,000 graduates every year in electrical and electronics-related majors from the National Taiwan University, the National Cheng Kung University, the National Tsing Hua University and the National Chiao Tung University. "This handful of people has become the focus of head-hunting of local and foreign businesses."
Looking at China, on the other hand, there will be 2.8 million college graduates going into the job market this year, and 3.5 million next year. As analyzed by Fang-jing Fu, even though outstanding students may only account for 1% of the graduates, there are close to 300,000 of them. That, to Taiwanese businesses, is really a big help.
A survey by human resources professionals indicated that graduates in electrical engineering majors from Xi'an Jiaotong University and the Harbin Institute of Technology in Northeastern China could receive starting [monthly] salaries as R&D engineers at 2,200 to 2,700 Renminbi, which is equivalent to US$300 to $340.
A human resources professional who asked to remain anonymous revealed that, in Taiwan, even graduates from inferior private universities would be asking for about $700 as the starting salary, while graduates from Harbin University would only cost a little over $300 and are absolutely more qualified than those from Taiwan's private universities.
Fang-jing Fu expressed that there is a trend of the Mainland's talented professionals in communication and software R&D catching up quickly with the Taiwanese, and they are not any less competent. The Mainland's technology industry has started off relatively late and its mechanical and manufacturing industries are not as good as those of Taiwan. However, China has all along been paying a great deal of attention to R&D for weaponry, and there are a number of industrial universities that were established in early years for weaponry R&D. These institutions have cultivated many first-class talents in wireless communication and software design.
Although the low employment cost is to the liking of some of the [Taiwanese] businesses when it comes to recruiting talented professionals from the Mainland, businesses are still willing to "plop down" a heavy load of money for the recruitment, if it is for top-notch R&D talents.
"In recent years, the Mainland's talents have been greatly favored [in Taiwan]. It certainly has had something to do with the tremendous business opportunities in the domestic-need market generated by the population of 1.2 billion." Fang-jing Fu believes that recruiting Mainland talents to join the R&D teams can help truly understand the habits of consumption on the other side of the Taiwan Strait and design products that are in line with the liking of Mainland consumers.