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Majority of workers mulling job change around Lunar New Year

2018/01/19 15:19:27

Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) The vast majority of Taiwan's office workers are considering changing jobs around the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, driven predominantly by a desire for higher wages, according to the results of a survey released on Friday by the 1111 job bank.

As many as 85.1 percent of respondents surveyed -- a similar level to last year's survey -- said they were considering looking for a new job after the Lunar New Year period from Feb. 15-20, with 78.8 percent saying they had not yet found a job. Only 6.3 percent revealed they had found a new job, the survey showed.

About 12 percent of respondents said they would only leave after finding a better job, while 2.8 percent categorically ruled out the possibility.

As to the motivation behind the desire to seek out greener pastures, 53.1 percent said they wanted to have better pay, ahead of 33.1 percent who said they wanted to focus on personal interests or getting ahead professionally. Other respondents said they wanted to change jobs out of concern over the business prospects of their current place of employment.

The survey also discovered that respondents expected a monthly salary of NT$41,637 (US$1,410) on average, an increase of NT$6,256 on their current pay.

1111 Job bank vice president Daniel Lee (李大華) attributed the respondents' confidence at finding a higher salary to the steady recovery of the global economy which has boosted the domestic economy and the stock market.

The online survey was conducted from Jan. 4-19, collecting 1,332 valid samples from job bank members. It has a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.69 percentage points.

(By Chiu Po-sheng and Flor Wang)