Wed, Jul 16, 2003 - Page 10 News List

China fever still running hot: poll

By Jessie Ho  /  STAFF REPORTER

China fever is rebounding following the end of the SARS scare, with nearly 30 percent of young job hunters aged between 18 to 30 interested in working across the Taiwan Strait, according to a survey released yesterday.

The poll, conducted by the Taiwan Human Resource & Outsourcing Association (台灣人力資源暨企業委外協會) between July 1 and last Thursday, also found that 15 percent of respondents are considering moving to China.

The survey was sent out to 22,550 job seekers via e-mail, with 6,257 valid responses.

"The Chinese job market lost its momentum in the first half of the year because of the SARS outbreak, but as SARS came under control early last month, interest in the market came back," Wayne Shiah (夏瑋), executive secretary of the association, said at a press conference yesterday.

The poll showed that almost 30 percent of young people are willing to work in China.

When asked why, 32.7 percent of respondents said it could help their career if they have work experience in China, 27.82 percent said they found it hard to compete in the local job market and 20.37 percent said they had confidence in China's economic outlook.

The survey also found that almost 15 percent of respondents may move to China in the near future.

Of this group, 51.03 percent said China has a prosperous economy, while up to 65.98 percent were attracted by lower living expenses.

"Obviously, China's strong economic potential is the key to the go-west fever," Shiah said.

The average salary of new job entrants domestically has slid back 10 years, while prices have risen, Shiah said.

For example, monthly salaries offered to college graduates with literature degrees are NT$18,000 to NT$22,000 and graduates with science diplomas can expect to earn NT$25,000 to NT$28,000, he said.

However, the demand for Tai-wanese talent in China is decreasing, according to Simon Juan (阮劍安), deputy manager of the human-resource department at 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行).

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