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Civil service perceived best by Taiwan's workers: poll

2018/04/21 14:51:33

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Civil service has been chosen by office and factory workers in Taiwan as their top dream job, according to a survey released by online 1111 job bank.

Citing the survey, the job bank said 24.98 percent of the 1,117 respondents aged 18 or older indicated they wanted to become a civil servant, ahead of a job as an engineer (16.83 percent) and a blogger or Internet celebrity (15.67 percent).

Commenting on the results of the poll, Daniel Lee (李大華), head of 1111 job bank's career development and public relations division, said civil servants receive stable salaries and allowances, such as subsidies for their children's education and for traveling, so the profession has been attractive to many in Taiwan.

In terms of engineers, Lee said, compensation offered by many high tech companies in Taiwan has become an envy in the local job market, Lee said, citing an annual NT$1.4 million (US$47,619) wage offered by the world's largest contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to expand its pool of engineers.

Lee said that in the current Internet age, it was no surprise that Internet celebrities' jobs have become a dream job to many, adding that a successful Internet celebrity is able to rake in handsome revenue from strong page views.

In the dream job rankings, 14.68 percent of the respondents said they want to operate a bed and breakfast business, the fourth highest ranked occupation, followed by 13.79 percent of the respondents who said they want to become a chef, the job bank said, adding that this came at a time when the first Michelin guide in Taipei has been introduced.

The survey found male respondents picked engineering jobs as their top dream job, while female respondents chose civil service as their top dream job.

According to the survey, 63.12 percent of the respondents said they take into account their interest or hobbies when deciding their dream jobs, 41 percent said they tend to focus on compensation, 32.23 percent said they consider whether their knowledge or skills will meet a job's demands, 27.66 percent said they focus on jobs which need special professional skills, and 24.89 percent said they simply want a stable job.

The job bank said only 6.27 percent of the respondents said they are happy with their jobs, and 37.42 percent said their jobs are acceptable, while 26.14 percent said their jobs are not satisfactory at all.

The survey, conducted from April 3 to 18, had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.93 percentage points, the job bank said.

(By Chiu Po-sheng and Frances Huang)