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Lawmaker pans CLA's tracking of unemployment among graduates

Kuomintang lawmaker Wu Yu-shen (吳育昇) yesterday accused the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) of taking a lackadaisical attitude toward unemployment rates among workers who graduated from secondary education or higher.

The unemployment rate among graduates with a bachelor's degree has ranked highest among any education level in Taiwan for the past five years, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

“Yet, the CLA only began conducting its own surveys in 2011,” Wu said.

According to Wu, the high unemployment rate among the higher educated is a significant issue in Taiwan, but the CLA only began to probe the issue in 2011.

“The survey did not separate master's and doctoral degrees or those who studied abroad and those who studied in domestic universities. If the council cannot keep up to date with Taiwan's unemployment issues among the higher educated, how can they put forth solutions that accurately approach the problems?” he asked.

A survey conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) showed that students who graduated with a master's or doctoral degree are on the rise in Taiwan. In 2010, the number of graduates with a master's degrees surpassed 60,000, with an accumulated total of 281,553 graduates since 2006. The total number of graduates with doctoral degrees is 17,130.

Wu said that the CLA should partner with the MOE in acknowledging the predicament of graduates with secondary or above educations. “The MOE would have accurate reports of the number of graduates from each university.”

Wu also suggested that the CLA survey employers to identify how many fresh graduates are being hired.

“This way, the CLA will have accurate information on Taiwan's graduates and the market's talent demand,” he suggested.

Wu also pointed out the rising need for foreign workers, and said that companies should open more job opportunities or internships for graduates of the higher education, such as managerial positions.

“This way, graduates would have a sense of the labor's working conditions, and they would become more familiar of the working environment as soon as possible,” he said.

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