Thu, Jun 17, 2004 - Page 10 News List

China still tempting high-tech workers

CNA , TAIPEI

Despite recent political woes between Taiwan and China, as many as 60 percent of the nation's professionals in the high-tech sector still are willing to work in China, according to the results of a survey made public yesterday.

The public opinion poll carried out late last month by www.104. com.tw, an executive research Web site, showed that 58.4 percent of the respondents employed in Taiwan's high-tech businesses are willing to work in China.

In terms of their reasons to relocate, 71.6 percent of them said that they are attracted by the "great potential of the Chinese market," while 55.9 percent pointed to the "need to start earlier in China in view of its strong competition."

Some 18 percent said that they think they can get a job with a higher position there because of their "higher-level skills" than Chinese workers, while about 14 percent claimed that they think they will be given a higher salary for working abroad.

In contrast, 64.3 percent of those high-tech workers who will not consider finding a job in China cited "family and friends" as the leading reason behind their reluctance, while 41.8 percent singled out "better working conditions and environment in Taiwan."

While 40.8 percent said their unwillingness resides in "difficulties in getting necessary information about the Chinese workplace," some 30 percent said that they are determined to stay here to learn more advanced technologies.

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