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Taiwan Is Running Low on Engineers

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Workers exit the TSMC factory in Tainan, Taiwan.

A shrinking population, demanding work culture, and an abundance of competing tech jobs have meant semiconductor workers have become ever more scarce in Taiwan.

Credit: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Leaders of Taiwan's semiconductor industry fear the nation's supply of engineers will be unable to meet demand for new talent amid a declining population, fierce work culture, and rival technology jobs.

Taiwan is the premier global contract manufacturer of microchips, led by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

In addition to declining engineer numbers, TSMC also must jockey for talent with Internet companies like Google and foreign overseas chipmakers such as ASML in the Netherlands, which offer incentives like better work-life balance.

Burn Lin at National Tsing Hua University said many Taiwanese companies have loosened their recruitment qualifications and become less discriminating in order to address the engineer shortage.

Taiwan's government also has established specialized semiconductor schools for training engineers in response to industry calls for action.

From The New York Times
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