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Willingness to work in China drops to 6-year low: survey

Willingness to work in China drops to 6-year low: survey

Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) A 1111 Job Bank survey conducted in February showed that nearly 61 percent of respondents were willing to work in China, the lowest percentage in four similar surveys the company has conducted since 2009. Also, nearly 25 percent of respondents said they had returned to Taiwan after working in China, and 14 percent said they did not want to work in China at all, the 1111 Job Bank said, citing the survey of members of its online service from Feb. 2 to 16. "The advantage of moving West no longer exists," said Daniel Lee (???), director of 1111 Job Bank's public relations division, attributing the new trend to declining wage and bonus growth at Chinese companies, which are suffering from rising manpower costs. Other factors, including the stalled trade-in-services pact between Taiwan and China, and China's ban on extravagance and its adoption of an economic policy geared to moderate growth, have affected the willingness of Taiwanese people to work in China, Lee said. The survey found, however, that the younger respondents were more willing to work in China. Also, the survey found companies in the "health care/ agriculture/environmental sectors," the "industrial and commercial services sector," and "livelihood services sectors" were most attractive to Taiwanese workers. When respondents who had worked in China were asked why they returned to Taiwan, most cited "family factors," followed by "the opportunity did not develop as expected" and "wages were not as attractive as before." The job bank survey also found that the average annual wage of the Taiwanese working in China was only about 28 percent, or NT$157,000 (US$4,984), higher per year than their pay in Taiwan. That was far lower than the 100 percent premium Taiwanese earned in China during the 1990s, the job bank said. A total of 1,103 valid samples were collected for the survey, whose margin of error was plus or minus 2.95 percentage points. (By Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 13:23 GMT+08:00