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70% of wage earners lack finances for marriage: poll

2012/08/18 19:37:58

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) The results of a survey published Friday showed that 70 percent of local salaried employees are hesitant about getting married, citing insufficient savings and job instability as the reasons.

According to the survey conducted by 360d, a local job bank, the majority of the respondents said their current situations do not allow them to get married.

Of these, 84 percent said they do not have enough savings and salaries, while 49 percent said their jobs are unstable. Another 41 percent answered in the multiple-choice questionnaire said that they have not met the right person.

Meanwhile, 58 percent of those polled said they need at least NT$1 million (US$33,343.3) in savings before they will decide to walk down the aisle, while 92 percent said money can help strengthen their romantic relationships.

About 53 percent of the single respondents said they are not ready for relationships now, citing the lack of money, the extra expenses needed when in a relationship and being too busy with work as their reasons.

Wesley Yang, a manager at the job bank, said that in light of the weak economy, many moonlighters have arranged plans to a little extra cash on Chinese Valentine's Day, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, or Aug. 23, this year.

These moonlighting jobs include delivering flowers, queuing up for restaurants or buying gifts on behalf of clients, working as housekeepers at hotels and even as professional huggers who provide hugs on the streets to single people on Valentine's Day, Yang said.

The survey collected 2,051 valid samples from July 31-Aug. 13. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Jamie Wang)