With the economy warming up, almost 85 percent of Taiwan's white-collar employees have decided to look for a new job around Chinese New Year, a survey has found.
Furthermore, more than 91 percent of office workers have thought about changing their jobs this year, and more than 45 percent have already done something about it, according to the survey released today and conducted by local job bank Yes123 between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1.
Almost 75 percent of the 1,605 people surveyed said they were motivated by the prospect of a higher salary. Other reasons workers wanted to switch jobs included the desire for better development (49 percent), a better position (38 percent), and a more challenging job (24 percent).
But job-hopping does not necessarily mean a salary raise, said Monica Chiu, vice general manager of Yes123, adding that timing is crucial.
"I don't think it's necessarily easier to change jobs after Chinese New Year than before, " said Chiu, explaining that by that time competition could be fiercer and employers might not be willing to wait if they are short of staff.
Nevertheless, almost 60 percent of participants still think the best time to change jobs is after Chinese New Year, once year-end bonuses have been given out, the survey indicated.