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Near 37,000 jobs opening in April not enough: MOL

TAIPEI -- April manpower needs across Taiwan are expected to increase by 36,676 jobs over the slow season in January, the second lowest first-quarter increase in five years, according to the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

A ministry survey showed that businesses with 30 or more employees will open 48,358 new positions by April, though another 11,682 positions will be cut.

In recent years, only 2013's increase of 29,108 spots between January and April has been lower.

Companies have been willing to increase employment since then on recovery in the world economy, particularly a rebound in developed countries, the MOL said.

In terms of individual sectors, the survey found the increase is greater in manufacturing, constituting 19,432 of expected openings, followed by wholesale and retail with 5,034, and the hotel and dining sector with 2,899 positions.

Overall, most companies said the increase in employment was either to meet expanding demand or to fill vacancies left by others, though the reasons varied across specific industries.

The MOL conducted the survey Jan. 13-29, collecting 3,015 effective samples with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus-or-minus 1.78 percentage points.

The ministry conducts the manpower survey every three months, with the next one set to be conducted in April.

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