Taiwan's TSMC to recruit 6,000 engineers in 2023

A logo of Taiwanse chip giant TSMC can be seen in Tainan,
Taiwanse chip giant TSMC's logo can be seen in Tainan, Taiwan December 29, 2022.REUTERS/Ann Wang

TAIPEI, March 4 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW), the world's largest contract chipmaker, will recruit more than 6,000 new staff in 2023, the company said in a statement on Saturday.

The hiring drive comes despite a global downturn in the chip industry.

According to TSMC, the company will seek young engineers with associates, bachelor's, masters's or doctorate degrees in electrical engineering or software-related fields, in cities all across Taiwan.

The average overall salary of a new engineer with a master's degree is T$2 million ($65,578.07), the company added.

A decline in demand for electronics and high inventory levels following a shortage of some chips have led to a downturn for the semiconductor industry.

Since late 2022, a number of chip companies around the world have reined in investments.

Intel Corp (INTC.O) recently announced that it would cut payments to mid-level staff and executives from 5% to 25%.

TSMC's dominance in making some of the most advanced chips for high-end customers such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has shielded it from downturn.

The company slightly reduced its annual capital expenditure for 2023 and predicts a first-quarter revenue drop, but has said it expects demand to pick up by the second half of this year.

($1 = 30.4980 Taiwan dollars)

Reporting by Ben Blanchard in Taipei, writing by Josh Horwitz in Shanghai; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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