Numerous professions that demand professional abilities are experiencing a talent shortage as a result of Taiwan's dropping birth rate. The number of technicians who completed the examination has decreased by 40% over the last decade, which has resulted in a decline in the number of individuals who have received a certificate. Many industries now struggle to obtain technical expertise due to the lack of relevant technical credentials.
Among the 138 occupations tested in the skills test, 82 are regulated (require the hiring of a certain number of workers with qualified technician certificates to operate), including crane operation, nursery work, Chinese food preparation, occupational safety and health management, and other categories.
Ministry of Labor to Encourage New Immigrants Obtain Technician Certificate. Photo provided by Ministry of Labor
Many ministries and municipal governments have implemented incentive measures to assist some employed workers who are disproportionately disadvantaged in employment to earn technician certificates and also to allow industries with vacancies to find talents. The Ministry of the Interior will award new immigrants and their children with a reward of NT$30,000 for obtaining a Level A technician Certificate, while the Council of Indigenous Peoples(原民會) will award NT$60,000 . A maximum of NT$30,000 will be provided by Hsinchu County to enable individuals with impairments to get a Level A technician Certificate.
The Institute of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health of the Ministry of Labor's research indicates that the salary growth rate of those with a technician certificate has reached 26% in 7 years, and that the high salary of technicians is primarily based on the impact of laws and regulations. The specifics of the incentives for the "Effectiveness of Regulations" technician certificate are still the subject of additional research and evaluation.