A program to combat labor shortages by persuading migrant workers to stay longer. Will be launched as planned by the end of April, Labor Minister Hsu Ming-chun (許 銘 ) said today (March 18).
Lawmakers want to know how Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has planned to address staff shortages at various types of domestic businesses. He replied that the government is attracting foreign experts to fill high-level vacancies, while experienced foreign students can take up mid-level jobs.
The Ministry of Labor (MOL) and the Ministry of Economy (MOEA) are also working on a plan to allow the recruitment of more migrant workers based on the needs of individual sectors of the economy, according to the prime minister.
Regarding the root cause of the shortage, Su mentioned Taiwan’s current period of rapid growth, the highest in 11 years, as well as government public works projects and the post-COVID recovery, leaving restaurants, hotels and other service businesses unable to find the right employees.
Another new factor is that a significant number of Taiwanese workers are no longer interested in certain types of work, increasing demand for foreign workers, Su said.