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Over 60% of local employees suffer hardship at work: survey
Central News Agency
2014-08-27 02:31 PM
Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) more than 60 percent of employees in Taiwan suffer "mental and physical hardship" at work, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday. 1111 Job Bank, one of Taiwan's leading online human resources agencies, said that about 62 percent of employees polled in the survey said that they feel burdened by both low pay and long work hours. The survey shows that 50.34 percent of the respondents were unhappy with low pay. It also indicates that 33.06 percent of the respondents think they have to deal with too many trivial things at work, while 30.59 percent of them complained about long working hours. Daniel Lee, director of 1111 Job Bank's public relation division, said long working hours and low salaries have become the major problems in the local job market for a long time, which is why local employees are complaining. In particular, Lee cited government statistics as showing that real average salaries after inflationary adjustments in Taiwan have fallen to a level of more than a decade ago. According to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, the average real wages in Taiwan for the first six months of this year stood at NT$48,622 (US$1,621), lower than NT$48,774 recorded in 1998. Lee said that in a bid to secure stable incomes, many employees in Taiwan have no choice but to accept the current relatively low salaries. He added that as workloads have increased, the impact has become more visible. The survey was conducted between Aug. 5-22 and collected 1,506 valid samples, with a margin of error of plus or minor 2.52 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent. (By Wu Ching-chun and Frances Huang)
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