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Most Taiwanese workers feel guilty toward parents: poll

Most Taiwanese workers feel guilty toward parents: poll

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) More than 86 percent of office workers in Taiwan feel a sense of guilt toward their parents, mainly because they cannot provide their parents with a comfortable life, according to the results of a survey released Friday by an online job broker. Some 73.3 percent of workers think that they owe their parents a better life, while 32.6 percent feel guilty because they work far from home and cannot be with their parents, the poll found. Meanwhile, 29.4 percent of employees think they are an embarrassment to their parents because the workers do not hold stable jobs and have low socioeconomic status, according to the poll. The survey, published ahead of Mother's Day, was conducted by 1111 Job Bank between April 14 and May 5 on 876 office workers over the age of 24. According to Lee Ta-hua, vice president of the job bank, despite low pay, employees in Taiwan work 2,124 hours a year on average, making Taiwan the country with the third longest work hours in the world. An increase in the number of people working away from home also means they cannot be with their parents, Lee said. (By Wu Ching-chun and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-27 10:28 GMT+08:00