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For most office workers, dreams of being a flight attendant: poll

For most office workers, dreams of being a flight attendant: poll

The vast majority of Taiwan's office workers would like to be flight attendants, citing their love for travel, good salaries and opportunities to expand their horizons, a survey has found.

In a poll conducted by 1111 Job Bank gauging the willingness of office workers to work as flight attendants, some 94 percent of respondents said they would be willing to take on the job, according to the survey's results released Friday. The number was up 19 percent from the result of an identical survey conducted in 2008, the manpower agency said.

The opportunities to travel, relatively high salaries and the chance to expand one's horizons were found to be the main reasons behind the desire to work as flight attendants, the survey found.

A sharp increase in the number of budget airlines setting up operations in Taiwan, creating more job opportunities, was also cited as a factor in their interest in working as flight attendants by 84.4 percent of respondents, the survey found.

EVA Air, Taiwan's second-largest carrier, topped the list of airlines respondents wanted to work for, followed by China Airlines -- Taiwan's largest carrier -- Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines. Daniel Lee of 1111 Job Bank said job openings in the sector have been on the rise as many carriers have expanded in recent years to cater to growing inbound and outbound tourism.

At least 10 local and foreign airlines have targeted Taiwan in their recruiting efforts this year, hiring 1,700 flight attendants from Taiwan in total, Lee said.

One of the appeals of being a flight attendant is a starting salary of between NT$50,000 (US$1,524) and NT$70,000, higher than for many other occupations in Taiwan, he said, adding that it remains on the list of top 10 dream jobs for Taiwanese women.

The survey was conducted from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9 and collected 1,083 effective samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent, and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points. (By Chiu Po-sheng and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-23 11:31 GMT+08:00