Positive IC outlook leads ASE, SPIL to add workers, up pay
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's two leading semiconductor testing and packaging firms have announced plans to add workers and raise salaries this year, as the outlook of the IC industry turns more upbeat.
January 10, 2013, 1:51 pm TWN
One of them, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), said it will add at least 2,000 workers. Its peer, Siliconware Precision Industries Ltd. (SPIL), also plans to add 500 to 1,000.
Both firms pointed out college graduates will have starting salaries of NT$28,000 to NT$30,000 a month, and the pay may increase to NT$40,000 to NT$50,000 the following year if their performance measures up.
Meanwhile, ASE said it will raise all employees' pay by more than 3 percent this year.
“Talent is something that is still lacking at ASE,” the firm said. “Our starting salary is on average NT$30,000 a month, which will be raised to NT$40,000 to NT$50,000 the following year for those who perform particularly well.”
The two firms made the remarks after Tuan Hsing-chien, chairman of Innolux Corp., stated that at his company, starting salaries for vocational school graduates are NT$28,000 a month, and those for college graduates are NT$37,000 to NT$39,000.
The salary increases came in the midst of public outcry that Taiwan college graduates are underpaid. At most businesses college graduates get starting salaries of NT$22,000 a month, a situation that many say has led to the island's “brain drain.”
ASE, which is upbeat about its business this year, also plans to up capital expenditure by an additional US$800 million to US$1 billion to purchase equipment.
To meet the firm's human resources demand, ASE plans to hire 4,000 to 5,000 more people in Taiwan this year, of which 2,000 will be hired in the first quarter alone. The firm will announce further staff expansion plans as the year progresses.