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Majority of Taiwanese workers unhappy with salaries: poll

2012/05/22 16:27:38

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) A majority of Taiwanese workers are not satisfied with their pay checks, according to the results of an online poll released Tuesday.

Just over three out of every four respondents (76.34 percent) said they were not happy with their current pay levels, with 44.29 percent of all respondents describing themselves as "very dissatisfied" and 32.05 percent calling themselves "dissatisfied," according to the poll conducted by 1111 Job Bank.

Some 54.29 percent of those polled said they had not received a raise in over three years, while the remaining respondents had seen their pay rise an average 9.24 percent over the past three years.

The survey found that Taiwan's workers are paid an average salary of NT$38,909 (US$1,318). That was slightly higher than the average regular salary (without bonuses or overtime) per month of NT$37,360 reported by Taiwan's official statistics bureau for March.

Henry Ho, a public relations director at the job bank, advised workers to manage their expenses with care at a time when prices are rising and pay levels are stagnant.

The poll was conducted between May 4 and May 18 and had 1,120 valid responses. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.92 percentage points.

(By Wu Ching-chun and Ann Chen)