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AmCham cites poor English skills of Taiwanese as problem

TAIPEI--Poor English proficiency among Taiwanese workers in general creates hiring difficulties for American companies in Taiwan, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei said Thursday.

Despite offering high salaries, many American companies based in Taiwan face problems finding suitable people to fill vacancies that require English language skills, AmCham Chairman Thomas Fann said in a news conference.

In some cases, the hiring process can take as long as a year, which causes severe damage to the companies in question, Fann said.

The situation, which stands in sharp contrast to the high unemployment rate among local university graduates, reflects a demand-supply imbalance in Taiwan's job market, he warned.

According to the results of the 2014 Business Climate Survey released by AmCham that same day, 48 percent of the respondents plan to increase their investments in Taiwan in the coming years, while 41 percent plan to increase their employment levels.

Sixty-one percent of the respondents, however, expressed concern that Taiwan's economy might take a downturn in 2014, up from 58 percent in 2013.

The survey, conducted last November and December, was open to voting representatives of the AmCham Taipei member companies. A total of 220 questionnaires were submitted, with a 52 percent response rate.

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