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Having children soon not in the cards for many working women: survey

Having children soon not in the cards for many working women: survey

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) More than half of Taiwan's female office workers will not consider having children within the next three years, mainly because of economic reasons or not being able to find the right man, a survey by an online human resources agency has found. The results of the 1111 Job Bank survey, released Tuesday, showed that 50.4 percent of female office workers aged 25-35 who responded to the poll said they were not planning to have a child in the next three years. Asked why, 44.09 percent said economic pressures made it hard for them to have children, 40.48 percent said they couldn't find the right man, and 24.86 percent said they were happy with their present situation and did not want to have children. One female office worker surnamed Sung said she has one child and worried she could not afford to have another one. "I'm not planning to have more children in the near future," she said. Ho Chi-sheng, 1111 Job Bank's public relations director, said interest in giving birth seemed to be higher recently in conjunction with the centennial cerebrations of the Republic of China in 2011 and the Year of Dragon in 2012. "But more and more women are worried that their quality of life or workplace performance could be affected by giving birth. This, coupled with the expense of raising children and caring well for them, has dampened their interest in having children," Ho said. The survey was conducted by the job bank among women with and without children aged 25-35 between March 16 and 30. A total of 627 valid samples were collected. (By Wu Ching-chun and Lilian Wu)