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One third of Taiwanese youth hope to work in China: poll

2015/03/29 12:29:14

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) Nearly one third of Taiwanese aged under 40 are hoping to find a job in China due to potentially higher salaries and greater room for career development, a survey from cable television channel TVBS has found.

According to the survey conducted by the production team of the TVBS program "Understanding China," 34 percent of Taiwan's young men and women belonging to the 20-29 age bracket would choose to work in China rather than find a job in their home market, while the percentage for the 30-39 age bracket stands at 32 percent. It fell to 22 percent for the 40-49 age group.

As high as 56 percent of respondents aged 20-29 believed they would receive a relatively higher salary in China compared to Taiwan, while 53 percent thought they would see more opportunities in China for career development, the survey revealed.

Overall, in the 20-49 age bracket, more than half the respondents agreed that they would earn more and have more potential for career development if they obtained a job in China.

The survey, however, also pointed out that 56 percent of Taiwan's youth thought that their Chinese peers were more competitive than they are in China's employment market.

The telephone survey of Taiwanese people aged between 20-49 was carried out from March 24-25, with 819 valid samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

(By Flor Wang)