Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) The number of part-time job openings in Taiwan has hit a four-year high as demand for manpower is rising ahead of the Lunar New Year Festival when buying usually escalates, an online job bank said Saturday. The 104 Job Bank said Taiwan enterprises have posted advertisements on its website for almost 40,000 part-time workers, which is the highest figure since 2008. Some of the employment openings are in businesses that sell products such as food, snacks and sweets for the New Year celebrations, the job bank said. Other positions are for helpers to sell "spring couplets," which are scrolls on which auspicious words and blessings are written in calligraphic style. In addition, many temples need temporary guides for worshippers during the New Year holiday as people usually go to the temples to pray for good luck, the job bank said. Meanwhile, amusement parks and restaurants are also seeking temporary employees as they expect an increase in patrons during the holiday, it said. The pay advertised in some cases is as high as NT$300 (US$9.92) per hour, the job bank said, noting that the minimum hourly wage is NT$103. The increase in demand for part-time workers is seasonal but the economic slowdown has also prompted many employees to seek so-called "atypical" employees, including part-timers or dispatch workers, instead of fulltime employees, the job bank said. The number of atypical employees in Taiwan in 2010 rose 36,000 from a year earlier to 723,000, the job bank said, citing government statistics. Among female employees, 7.86 percent were atypical workers while among males the figure was 6.18 percent, the statistics showed. Demand for part-time employees has risen 95 percent in the past four years, while for full-time employees the increase was 34.8 percent, the 104 Job Bank said. Demand for part-time and dispatch workers and for outsourcing is rising due to the slowdown of the local economy, which in turn was caused by the global economic slowdown and the debt problems in the eurozone, the job bank said. (By Wu Ching-chun and Frances Huang) .