With no hope of a raise, people look to part-time work: survey

With no hope of a raise, people look to part-time work: survey

Nearly 90 percent of office workers are not hopeful of getting a raise next year and are thinking of working an extra part-time job to bolster their income, a survey by an online human resources company has found. According to the results of a 1111 Job Bank survey released Tuesday, up to 85 percent of respondents felt they would feel the pinch financially in the short term heading into the new year.

Respondents attributed their short-term financial woes to spending more than they earned or waiting for year-end bonuses (29.2 percent), needing to prepare red envelopment money (19.9 percent), or having been laid off or been put on unpaid leave (14.2 percent).

With 88.8 percent of respondents saying they had no hope of getting a raise next year, 84 percent hoped to find part-time work during the New Year or Chinese New Year holidays, 25 percentage points higher than at the same time last year.

Ho Chi-sheng, vice president of 1111 Job Bank, said that with the economy in the doldrums and dim prospects for salary increase, news of layoffs and unpaid leaves has put low-wage office workers on guard. "Moonlighting has become a hot option for office workers to increase their income in the short term," Ho said.

The survey was conducted between Dec. 14-27 and collected 1,075 effective samples. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points. (By Bernie Chiu and Lilian Wu)

Updated : 2021-02-26 18:01 GMT+08:00