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Chip talent war: Taiwan faces critical staffing shortage

Semiconductor giants hike salaries to lure island's dwindling number of graduates

CHENG TING-FANG and LAULY LI, Nikkei staff writers | Taiwan

TAIPEI/HSINCHU, Taiwan -- If you are a doctoral candidate in microelectronics in Taiwan, you don't go job hunting. Jobs come hunting for you.

"I didn't submit my CV for any positions and didn't update my profile for years," said Ken Wu, who is due to complete his doctorate this June at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, one of Taiwan's most prestigious microelectronics schools. Yet for the past two years he has fielded approaches from top chipmakers increasingly desperate to fill the industry's widening skills gap.

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