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Most Taiwanese workers would take jobs abroad: survey

Most Taiwanese workers would take jobs abroad: survey

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) A majority of job seekers in Taiwan would be willing to move abroad to work -- and generally not for economic reasons, according to a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey of the global workforce. The survey, released Monday and conducted jointly with The Network -- a global alliance of over 50 leading recruitment websites -- shows that 85 percent of workers in Taiwan would take jobs abroad, outpacing the global average of 64 percent. The proportion of people willing to work abroad is particularly high in countries that are still developing economically or are experiencing political instability, the survey found. But there is also a very high willingness to work abroad in some countries that do not have these challenges. For example, more than 75 percent of the survey respondents in Switzerland said they would consider moving to another country for work, compared with more than 80 percent in Australia and over 90 percent in the Netherlands. The United States is the top foreign work destination, seen as appealing by 42 percent of job seekers in the survey. Next most appealing are the United Kingdom and Canada, cited by 37 percent and 35 percent of the survey respondents, respectively. Most of the remaining countries among the top 10 work destinations, starting with Germany, are European countries that have strong economies, famous cultural attractions, or both. Among Taiwanese job seekers, 59 percent of the respondents say that Japan is their top foreign work destination, followed by the U.S. (53 percent) and China (50 percent), according to the survey. "People have never made their career choices strictly on the basis of what happens when they're at work," said Mike Booker, managing director of The Network. "There's always an implicit calculation of what the job will allow them to do in their off-time. The difference in the more mobile work environment of today is that workers are applying that filter to job possibilities outside their home countries," Booker said. BCG and The Network surveyed more than 200,000 job seekers in 189 countries, including 1,687 people in Taiwan, to learn what factors motivate them and which countries they would consider moving to. The study partners also conducted in-depth interviews with more than 50 survey takers, including engineers, medical researchers, project managers and government workers, in a move to bring a human dimension to the numbers and offer an additional window into what workers today are looking for. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-07 17:10 GMT+08:00