Employment

Finding a non-teaching job in Taiwan

Let me start by saying there is nothing wrong with teaching jobs – the pay, for the amount of hours worked, is actually quite decent in Taiwan. However, I think a lot of people, and myself included, feel like it might not be the kind of job they are interested in, or can do well. So, let this post be a guide with a few of my tips on finding a non-teaching job in Taiwan.

Finding a non-teaching job in Taiwan is difficult, but not impossible!

Finding a non-teaching job in Taiwan is difficult, but not impossible!

First of all, if you want to find a non-teaching job in Taiwan, you must have the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognised university (If you studied online or through correspondence, it may not be recognised)
  • A minimum of two years work experience outside Taiwan in the field of the job you want to apply for. For example, if you’re applying to be a sales person, you need two years sales experience, and you need a letter from your past employer to confirm that.

If you haven’t got both of the above points, finding a non-teaching job in Taiwan is going to be very hard indeed. However, if you tick both boxes, then you have quite a good chance of finding a position. 

Editing jobs
There are many editing positions available in Taiwan, predominantly in Taipei. These cover a variety of industries, for example there is copy editing for the English language versions of Taiwan’s daily newspapers, academic editing for Taiwanese students who want to publish their work in foreign journals, and even course material editing for Taiwan’s English teaching industry. How can you find these jobs? Tealit.com, while usually focusing on teaching positions, does sometimes have employers advertising editing jobs. The Taiwan Craigslist employment page often has some editing and copywriting jobs advertised. Finally, be sure to sign up on Forumosa.com and read the employment forum daily.

Sales jobs
Taiwan is full of technology companies producing everything from RAM to the touch sensitive glass found in smartphones. These companies sell the majority of their products internationally, and as such require experienced salespeople who are fluent in English. The roles may involve travel to visit overseas customers. Many of the jobs I have seen advertised appear to be based outside Taipei, such as in Hsinchu, which is famous as the site of a major science park for technology firms. I have found that Forumosa.com has the most sales roles advertised.

Management jobs
Have you had 5+ years experience in a senior management role? Well, you probably won’t be reading my blog, but if you are, then head over to the Asiaxpat Careers board for suitable positions. Taiwanese companies seem keen to employ foreign managers, even if they have poor Chinese skills, because they want to leverage the different skills and contacts these people have. There are many opportunities here, but the required skills and experience are very high.

Modelling / TV jobs
Are you beautiful? Can you act? You may become a famous celebrity in Taiwan! Taiwan’s agencies are always on the look out for beautiful or talented foreigners to appear in advertising or TV shows. If you can sing there’s a TV show that exclusively recruits foreigners! It may not be a career unless you’re very lucky, but it could be lucrative if you land a contract with a big agency. I once found an ad on Forumosa for looking for a  “muscular 165-180 cm tall foreign female model” (it was removed since). They were offering NT$5,000 cash for one day’s work – not bad money in my book!

If you work hard, perhaps one day this could be your office!

If you work hard, perhaps one day this could be your office!

In terms of pay, the average starting salary for a foreigner in Taiwan – excluding management roles, of course – is around NT$60,000 per month. It may not sound high compared to what you earned back home, but you have to consider that the cost of living in Taiwan is a lot more affordable than most countries. Also, the starting salary for a graduate in Taiwan is almost half that figure, so if you earn that, you are doing very well. Finally, consider the average tax rate for a foreign national in Taiwan over a whole year is around 15% – that’s probably much lower than what you paid in tax in your home country. So what are you waiting for? Good luck in your job search, and perhaps I’ll see you on TV when you’re famous!

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. V,V

    July 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    🙂 good good experience ma? Hope this will help some people who want to come to Taiwan!

    • admin

      July 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      😀 Very good experience! I do hope this information helps other people who want to find a job in Taiwan!

  2. myname

    September 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    What if i can not speak mandarin nor taiwanese at all? Isbit possible for foreigner to have job in taiwan?

    • admin

      September 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Sure, it is possible. Most teaching jobs actually prefer if you have no Chinese speaking ability at all! And professional roles can be found with no Chinese skills, although there are some conditions (you must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years professional experience in a foreign country). I recommend you visit the Forumosa website and look at their jobs forum: http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewforum.php?f=146

  3. Jan Muhammad

    December 7, 2015 at 4:19 am

    I want a job in Taiwan. But I have no any job experience. My education is matric. What I can get any job in Taiwan???

    • Bubbletea101

      December 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Without any work experience, I think it will be pretty tough.

  4. Rei

    December 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I’m looking for entertainment jobs in Taiwan too actually. I worked in a talent agency for a year in New Zealand as well as taking on background extra roles in productions that the company I was working at got, and I speak mandarin as well as a little tiny bit of Taiwanese and Japanese… what are my chances of finding a job there since I’ve only worked for a year? •﹏• I’ve actually just graduated from university with a bachelor of commerce:)

    • Bubbletea101

      December 9, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      I really don’t know much about entertainment jobs – they might well be more relaxed on the 2-year work experience requirement for those, but don’t quote me on that 🙂 Being able to speak Mandarin should be a big positive though!

  5. marco m

    January 25, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    how about visa’s requirements to work there? can i just work on a tourist visa? thank you

    • Bubbletea101

      January 26, 2016 at 6:11 am

      Definitely can’t legally work on a tourist visa; if you try it and get caught you’ll get deported for sure. However, it’s relatively common that people arrive on tourist visas or visa free entries and end up getting their visa converted to an appropriate work one if they find a job. The legality of searching for work while on a tourist visa is debatable though. I’m definitely no expert on this so don’t take my advice here without consulting someone who knows what they’re talking about 🙂

  6. Simplegirl

    January 31, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I’m looking a jobs for my boyfriend
    He is American so please any one need a person for work with English speaking.
    Thank You

    • Bubbletea101

      January 31, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      A good place to look for English-speaking job advertisements is on the Forumosa jobs page (http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/). Good luck!

  7. OON CHEAH SOON

    February 1, 2016 at 2:17 am

    I’m from malaysia and currently fresh graduated from university (degree).
    I would like to work in taiwan. is that possible ? because i had no working experience.

    • Bubbletea101

      February 1, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Nothing is impossible, but not having work experience would make things more challenging. Your best bet is to get those two years of experience first. Good luck 🙂

  8. lin haung hong

    March 5, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Hi admin I am Taiwan I want a job I can speak chinese and I can speak I can speak Urdu English I can write English also I need a job here so many companies who need translater so I am finding the same help me for the same really so thank full to you

  9. Gloria

    July 26, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Hi, I am From Indonesia and I have done my Master’s degree in Taiwan. I wanna have teaching career in Taiwan. Is it possible for a person who does not come from an English speaking country get the chance to teach English in Taiwan?

  10. valentine

    January 5, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    hello,am valentine from Nigeria but currently resides in vietnam.am a graduate and i wish to seek for a teaching job in taiwan.i have had several years of experiences in teaching job and i can speak a little bit of mandarin.what are the possibilities?do hope to get a reply asap

  11. John

    January 25, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Do you know anything about finance careers in Taiwan? I have 3 years work experience on Wall Street and an advanced degree, but no fluency in Mandarin. Formosa doesn’t appear to have very much information on this subject. Thank you!

  12. Jan paul dayao

    March 22, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Hi im jan paul working here in taiwan as aircon assembler for almost 2 years and half i have a previous eork in philippines in finance company as marketing for more than 6 years, im looking for a job before my contract ends here,thAnk you

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