Preventing the outflow of technology talent Taiwan asks manpower banks to shelve Chinese jobs

In order to prevent the outflow of technology talent, Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor sent a letter to Taiwan’s major manpower banks, requesting that they may not advertise job vacancies for employment in mainland China, and that violators be heavily fined 5 million Taiwan dollars. Taiwan scholars revealed that most of the job vacancies offered by Taiwan’s manpower banks are for technical middle and low level talents, and the most dangerous is for Chinese technology companies to set up personnel-related departments in Taiwan directly to hunt for middle and high level talents in Taiwan’s technology industry.

According to the disclosure of Taiwan media Apple Daily, the ban offered by the Ministry of Labor is divided into two parts. One is to restrict companies from placing recruitment advertisements according to Article 34 of the Cross-Strait People’s Relations Ordinance, and the other is to restrict manpower agencies according to Article 35 of the Cross-Strait People’s Relations Ordinance.

In the section of “Restricted Enterprises”, the Ministry of Labor pointed out that “enterprises registered in Taiwan (including land-based and foreign-invested enterprises licensed by the Investment Commission)” and “enterprises registered in mainland China (including foreign-invested enterprises licensed by the Investment Commission)” are not allowed to advertise job vacancies in China. The company will also strengthen the handling of advertisements for key industries or key positions containing keywords such as “integrated circuit”, “semiconductor” or “IC”, and violators may be fined between NT$100,000 and NT$500,000. 100,000 to 500,000 yuan.

According to the report, there is an exception for companies that are “licensed by the Investment Commission for Taiwan companies on the mainland” and “have actual business practices” can still advertise the recruitment of talent to China. Including “TSMC Nanjing plant” and so on belong to the scope of the exception.

The second ban is for human resources banks and headhunters, are not allowed to assist any enterprise in Taiwan to recruit people for employment in the mainland, violators can be fined 50,000 to 5 million yuan.

104 Manpower Bank: 3774 Chinese job vacancies have been reduced to 1753

Taiwan’s largest 104 Manpower Bank responded to our inquiry by saying that the company has already announced the relevant letter and order from the Ministry of Labor on its website, while using email and telephone to notify customers one by one to avoid violations or fines. In order to effectively implement and avoid omissions, 104 hopes that the government will disclose information for manpower banks to carry out system collusion and provide timely information related to enterprises that have been approved by the Investment Review Committee of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to invest in China.

104 public relations Zhang Yahui: “The impact on 104 is not significant, but there may be an impact on recruiting companies because the buffer period is not enough. The number of job openings in China has dropped from 3,774 to 1,753, a 53% reduction.”

Only the day before, Taiwan’s Hsinchu District Attorney’s Office had just uncovered a technology company in Beijing, China, colluding with an accounting firm and human resources firm with a background in investing in China to set up a private semiconductor R&D center in Taiwan and poach technology talent, allegedly in violation of the Cross-Strait People’s Relations Regulations. The company’s manager surnamed Xu and the defendant surnamed Wu in Taiwan were suspected of serious crimes and were held on bail for NT$100,000 and NT$30,000.

Taiwan legislators promote the “Business Secrets Act” amendment

At present actively in the promotion of “business secrets law” amendment of the Democratic Progressive Party legislator He Xin-chun said in an interview with this station, Taiwan’s semiconductor talent resources in the industry chain evaluation of the highest, Taiwan is also leading both in production and technology, this part of the country very much need to put forward a bill of protection.

He Xin-chun: “Many opposite semiconductor or other high-tech industries, to come here under the advertising, or with packaging to absorb talent, which in fact also needs to be carefully investigated and dealt with by the Ministry of Labor. The surface of the next half (job vacancies), not yet off the shelves behind is not a direct and indirect relationship with China, which may also need to be investigated again.”

China’s national strength to make chips priority poaching Taiwan technical personnel

When this Taiwan actually 104 manpower website query, semiconductor-related job vacancies are many from China or Taiwan business enterprises. Just a wafer foundry engaged in the “Hefei Jinghe integrated circuit company”, in 104 posted a wide range of job vacancies, yellow light, etching, thin film, diffusion, cleaning, CMP, manufacturing _ equipment. The vacancies cover technical manager, deputy manager, chief engineer, etc.

The United States has imposed sanctions on China’s chip manufacturing, and China is determined to achieve its strategic goal of self-reliance in the field of semiconductors. In just two to three years, China has invested trillions of dollars and set up thousands of chip companies, so where do the “ready-to-play” talents come from?

Taiwan Soochow University, part-time lecturer in the Department of Business Administration Lin Xiumin interview with our analysis, China knows very well that the semiconductor technology only Taiwan, the United States, Japan and South Korea to master, of which the United States, Japan and South Korea because of the language, culture, and China’s language, living habits are the closest is Taiwan, China’s easiest and most love to poach must be Taiwan.

Lin Xiumin: “Semiconductor factories need to have trained technicians, China does not have such experience and talent. Like Fujian Jinhua need to find UMC cooperation, UMC to help provide technical personnel, etc.. If we purely talk only about semiconductors, most need less than 5 years, because that to 24-hour shifts, like we (wafer manufacturing majors) TSMC, UMC, Nanya Tech, these have semiconductor factories, basically they are 365 days a year, 24 hours a day in run, to machine full.”

Human resources bank to lock the middle and low-level job vacancies in the middle and high level hunters head defensive

Lin Xiumin said that the job vacancies offered by manpower banks are mostly low and middle-ranking talents, Taiwan asked the Taiwan Manpower Bank off the shelf, to protect this piece is still useful. However, Taiwan is not only in the “quantity” to prevent blocking, in the “quality” part of the crisis.

Lin Xiumin: “The most dangerous for Taiwan is actually those middle and high level talents. Those decades of experience, the technology of Taiwan or business secrets, the kind of people will not appear in the 104 Bank of Manpower, that belongs to the head of the high-ranking hunters, at least ten years of experience. You see Jiang Shangyi TSMC former chief operating officer, now vice chairman of SMIC) that are decades.”

Taiwan’s Land Commission responded that, in the face of the recent Chinese mainland actively through poaching and infiltration and other means, circumventing the law, absorbing induce pull Taiwan high-tech talent, the relevant authorities have held a meeting to discuss how to strengthen administrative management, followed by the competent authorities to promote regulations, etc., in order to maintain the overall market order, to protect national security and interests.