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Majority of female workers in Taiwan want to start businesses: poll

2017/10/03 19:05:17

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Taipei, Oct. 3 (CNA) Almost 67 percent of female employees in Taiwan would like to start a business of their own, mainly so that they could have more flexibility in terms of time and increase their income, according to a survey released Tuesday.

The survey by 1111 online job bank found that 66.8 percent of female workers would prefer to be their own bosses, running a low-tech small business.

Asked about their reasons, 39.1 percent said they wanted greater flexibility in terms of time, 32.9 percent said they needed higher income, and 28.4 percent complained about difficulty obtaining a pay raise from their employers, according to the poll.

However, about 14 percent of female workers have no idea to start a business, 4.6 percent already have a business, 7.7 percent are preparing to start one, and 6.8 percent have had the experience of launching a business that later failed, the survey found.

Among the women who want to be their own bosses, 35.1 percent are thinking of an online business, 34.2 percent want to run specialty snack shops, and 28.0 percent would prefer beverage shops, according to the poll.

Henry Ho (何啟聖), vice president of 1111 Job Bank, said many female employees are looking at ways of earning more because of factors like wage stagnation and the gender pay gap in the country.

Recent government data showed that although the female labor participation rate hit a new high of 50.74 percent in 2016, the median wage of female employees was NT$37,431 (US$1,227) compared with NT$43,955 for male employees.

The survey was conducted Sept. 13 to Oct. 2 among 1,048 respondents. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of 2.95 percentage points.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Frances Huang)