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88% of employees in Taiwan interested in working overseas: poll

2018/05/11 17:18:01

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) About 88 percent of office and factory workers in Taiwan are interested in working overseas, with a majority of them eyeing the higher pay levels found in foreign markets, a survey released by online 1111 job bank showed Friday.

According to the survey, 88.15 percent of the 1,080 respondents surveyed said they were working or wanted to have the chance to work overseas, with 68 percent of them looking for annual salaries of NT$1 million (US$33,613) or higher.

Among the respondents, 31.57 percent said they were planning careers in foreign markets, 11.30 percent said they are now working overseas, 24.91 percent said they have worked overseas but are now back in Taiwan and hoped to work overseas again, and 20.37 percent said they wanted to go overseas but could not, the survey found.

Only 11.85 percent of the respondents said they never think about working overseas and are not interested in that option, according to the survey.

The average annual salary eyed by those hoping for a job in a foreign market was about NT$1.5 million, much higher than the compensation offered in the local job market, the job bank said.

The survey found the average monthly income of respondents working in Taiwan was NT$49,176, while the average monthly pay of respondents working overseas were about 33 percent higher at NT$65,287.

According to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS), the average regular wage in Taiwan in March was NT$40,812, up 2.59 percent from a year earlier.

When asked to comment on recent measures offered by China to woo Taiwanese talent, 21.76 percent of respondents said the measures were beneficial to Taiwan's youth, and 14.91 percent said the move will boost cross-Taiwan Strait economic cooperation, the survey found.

Another 20.28 percent said the measures were nothing new and 16.48 percent were worried they would further hollow out Taiwanese companies and lead to a brain drain.

Some 11.13 percent said the measures were a "United Front" tactic and not worth paying attention to and 10.65 percent were interested in heading to China to work but were worried they would be quickly replaced.

The 31 measures were announced by the Beijing-based Taiwan Affairs Office on Feb. 28 to encourage Taiwanese people to study or develop their careers in China.

Xiamen later unveiled 60 of its own measures in a program that provides Taiwanese students and businesses with more comprehensive incentives to study, start businesses and live in the city.

The survey was conducted between April 28 and May 9 with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points.

(By Liu Kuan-ting and Frances Huang)
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