Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn has openings for 5,000 news jobs as part of plans to expand operations, eying in particular fresh graduates with specialization or interest in hardware and software automation, robotics research, cloud computing and e-commerce.
Foxconn offered the positions at a job fair in Taipei, Central News Agency (CNA) reported Sunday. The company was looking to hire fresh graduates with specializations in hardware and software automation, circuit design or robotics research. The firm was also looking for fresh graduates with an interest in cloud computing or e-commerce, which were key for the company's transition.
The report cited Hsu Shou-kuo, CTO of Hon Hai subsidiary Ingrasys Technology, as saying the new hires would be located at any of the company's offices within Taiwan in New Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung or in China and other countries. An unnamed Hon Hai human resources executive also said new recruits involved in optoelectronics research could have the chance to work in Japan or Indonesia.
According to Foxconn, the starting salaries offered for the positions ranged from NT$33,000 (US$1,112) to NT$42,000 (US$1,415), the report added.
News of the job openings comes less than a month after the company stopped hiring activity at its Shenzhen plant in China and slowed down recruitment at other Chinese factories. Foxconn said this was due to an "unprecedented rate of return of employees following the Chinese New Year holiday" which lasted a week starting February 10.
It also said the action was "not related to any single customer, and any speculation to the contrary is false and inaccurate", in response to a Financial Times report which said the hiring freeze was prompted by slowing demand of Apple's iPhone 5 device.
Foxconn, which is the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, has factories in China that make tech goods for foreign companies such as Apple. Last December, its retail business division, CyberMart, launched the company's first online shopping portal selling items ranging from smartphones to 60-inch TVs.