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Majority of office workers struggling to make ends meet: poll

2012/05/09 19:53:58

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) The majority of office workers in Taiwan are finding it difficult to live on their salaries and hope to get a pay increase to keep up with the rising cost of living, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The survey of office workers aged 25-50 found that 77 percent usually have little money left after paying their bills.

In view of the rising cost of living, 78 percent of office workers are hoping to receive a pay raise to ease the financial strain, said Wesley Yang, a manager at Jcase, the job bank that conducted the poll.

Other office workers in the poll called on the government to balance the scale of commodity price increases and lower interest rates, Yang said.

The poll also found that 45 percent of single employees spend between NT$10,000 (US$338.9) and NT$30,000 per month on living expenses, while 64 percent of married employees spend more than NT$50,000 per household.

The average regular salary in February was NT$37,054 per month, according to data released in April by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

The poll found that the main areas of monthly expenditure among office workers are food as claimed by 80 percent of the respondents, transportation (59 percent) and utility bills (49 percent).

Meanwhile, Yang said that men account for 60 percent of the job bank's online membership but the number of females has been rising steadily since last year.

The job bank, which has an online membership of 370,000, distributes projects to people for them to make extra money.

Some 43 percent of the female members make extra money from online businesses, 33 percent make handicraft, and 29 percent earn money in the service industry, Yang said, citing a separate poll.

The job bank, a subsidiary of human resources consultancy firm 360d HR, conducted the office workers' poll April 26 to May 7. It had 1,291 valid samples, a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(By Jamie Wang)
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