Local commitment in Taiwan as our 5-strong multi-lingual APAC team takes shape


The renewables market in APAC continues to gather pace. Global Data predicts that offshore wind capacity in Taiwan alone could reach 10.1 GW by 2030, and more than 15 GW by 2035.

South Korea and Vietnam have respective targets of 12 GW and 5.2 GW of new offshore wind capacity by 2030. And only last week, Japan announced its ambitious target of 45GW by 2040. 

This has a major impact on jobs across the region, and provides the long-term visibility needed to generate a local offshore wind industry, workforce and supply chain.

As a trusted partner to several high-profile clients in APAC, our permanent and contract specialists have delivered project teams across Formosa 1 and 2, CFXD, Greater Changhua and Hai Long offshore wind farms, among others in Japan.

But with an increasing focus on driving local content, building a local APAC team is integral to continued growth and further establishing Taylor Hopkinson as the go-to business for renewable energy recruitment services in the region.

And a lot has happened in four months!

In October 2020, we opened our new office in the iconic Taipei 101 Tower, alongside many of our clients and contractors.

At the same time, we appointed our new Head of APAC, Carl Blundon, setting a firm foundation for the build-out of our local team in Taiwan. Carl brought with him a wealth of experience of recruitment in the region, as well as a solid track record of building and growing extremely successful teams in previous roles.

“Carl’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to our clients and contractors in the APAC region, as well as our desire to be a long-term enabler of growth and jobs within local supply chains, driving inclusion of further local content and ensuring a sustainable renewable energy industry is created for future generations across the APAC region.”
Tom Hopkinson, CEO

Around this time, we also received the exciting news that Taylor Hopkinson had secured the first ever green trade loan with HSBC Taiwan. This served as solid proof of our capability in sustainability, and reinforced our commitment and efforts in moving green initiatives forward in this emerging market.

Shortly after the Christmas break, Carl welcomed the first of our local team members, Thomas Chiu. Bringing eight years’ experience in Taiwan, four in recruitment, and with a true passion for the renewable energy industry, Thomas has already hit the ground running.

A few weeks on, Carl and Thomas have been joined by a further two local Consultants – Emily Hu and Crystal Yang. They each have impressive recruitment backgrounds in Taiwan, and these appointments are sure to bolster an already strong team.

Both fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, Crystal and Thomas will work together to focus on the Taiwanese market and will drive the development of our local talent pool in that region.

Emily is fluent in Japanese (speaking, reading and writing) and will primarily focus on growing the Japanese talent pipeline but will also handle delivery on many of our existing roles in Japan.

The team will work in close collaboration with Senior Consultant, David Craig who has been based in our Singapore office for over 3 years, and who has been instrumental to our growth in the region to date.

Having the local team in place so early in 2021 means we are well-placed to support our clients to plan and build the project teams they need, and also to develop the local, dedicated talent pools required to deliver on such ambitious targets.

Looking for a change? We’re working on some exciting live roles in APAC.

If you’d like to arrange an informal, confidential chat about your requirements contact Carl.

Carl Blundon
Head of APAC
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