Taipei blasted for refusing to share job bank data
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Employment Services Office was recently criticized for refusing to share the data of its online job bank with the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training's eJob site, which falls under the Cabinet-level Council of Labor Affairs.
September 2, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The bureau said that since Taipei established its OKWORK website in 2004, the city has repeatedly refused to share the job bank's data, meaning that residents of other cities and counties are unable to find out about the job opportunities listed on OKWORK through eJob.
The central government subsidizes OKWORK; therefore, job opportunities listed on Taipei's job bank should be made available to everyone, the CLA said.
The council said that it has recently handed out an ultimatum, demanding that the entries of OKWORK be made available through eJob.
Taipei officials stated Personal Information Protection Act concerns among other reasons behind its refusal to share the data, according to the bureau.
Furthermore, Taipei officials claimed that the city has “a large amount of better talent,” which adequately serves the needs of firms, the bureau added.
They claim that if OKWORK entries were made available through eJob, firms would be overburdened by job seekers, the bureau said.
If all employment services were to be administered by local governments, and if local governments begin to maintain the policy of keeping job opportunity entries to themselves, the nation's workforce will stand to lose, the bureau stressed.
If Taipei is willing to share its data with the central government, jobseekers around the country will be able to find out about opportunities in Taipei, whereas job seekers in Taipei will be able to find out about opportunities around the country, the CLA said, describing it as a win-win scenario.