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Majority of moonlighters struggling with health issues: poll

2012/07/18 22:32:48

Taipei, July 18 (CNA) The majority of white collar workers taking on additional jobs to supplement their incomes complain of feeling unhealthy, according to the results of a poll released Wednesday.

Conducted by 360d job bank, the poll on moonlighting white collar workers showed that 68 percent of respondents said they felt unhealthy, with only 28 percent saying they do something to take care of their health.

A total of 71 percent of respondents said they had regular headaches -- the top health complaint and 62 percent said they often had sore eyes, according to the survey.

In addition, 49 percent of the respondents said they felt anxious and depressed, while 42 percent said they had stomach aches.

The poll also revealed that 62 percent of pollees spent about three hours per day on their side jobs, and 24 percent worked an additional four to five hours each day.

As of the end of June, 389,299 office workers are working second jobs to make extra money on the side, an increase of 12.2 percent from a year earlier, according to a data compiled by the job bank.

Wesley Yang, a manager at the job bank, suggested moonlighting office workers monitor their health conditions before taking on additional workloads.

The online job bank conducted the survey between July 3-15. It received 1,208 valid samples with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Hanna Liu)