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Poor English hindering careers of majority of office workers: poll
Central News Agency
2013-12-08 09:34 PM
Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Almost 60 percent of office workers in Taiwan said their lack of English language skills has hampered their ambition to pursue an ideal job, according to the results of an online survey released Sunday. According to a survey conducted by 1111 job bank on people's English interview experiences, 55.26 percent of office workers said they needed English skills at work. In terms of how often English is used in their workplace, 12.79 percent said they used the language every day, 14.16 percent said they needed to use it often, and 28.31 percent said they had to use it from time to time. The other 44.74 percent said they need not use English in their jobs. Jobs related to engineering research and development, medicine (especially in an academic setting) and construction and facility management required the most frequent use of English, the survey said. Many office workers considered their English to be poor, and 59.36 percent of respondents said they gave up jobs they dreamed of because of that, the online job bank's survey found. Asked how they try to improve their language skills, 61.11 percent of office workers said they read English publications while 53.33 percent said they learn by watching movies. Over 37.78 percent make friends with foreign nationals to practice their English. Daniel Lee, the job bank's public relations director, said it was unfortunate that many office workers, who have decent English writing skills, had to give up the pursuit of their dream jobs because they were not confident in speaking English at work. In today's highly competitive job markets, companies are asking for English skills and computer literacy as basic requirements in hiring office workers, he said. The survey, which was conducted between Nov. 6-20 through e-mail questionnaires, received 1,095 valid responses and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.96 percentage points with a confidence level of 95 percent. (By Wu Ching-chun and Maia Huang)
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