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Average office-worker salary grows 9%

CNA , TAIPEI

The average monthly salary for local office workers with five years experience reached NT$32,850 (US$976) this year, with people in information technology and sciences topping the list with an average salary of NT$36,874, according to a survey by 1111 Job Bank.

The results show that the average salary for new office workers this year represented a growth of 9 percent over NT$30,207 registered last year.

The survey, conducted between May 20 and Oct. 20, received 7,374 valid responses with a margin of error of 1.1 percent.

Meanwhile, statistics compiled by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics show that the average salary of all workers in Taiwan was NT$35,590 as of August this year, a slight growth over last year's NT$35,333.

The survey also shows that workers in the commercial consulting sector earned the second-largest average monthly salary at NT$35,440, with media and advertising workers receiving the third-largest average salary of NT$33,532.

The average salary for the retail industry was at the bottom of the list at NT$28,601.

Newcomers in the job market received an average of NT$25,129 for their first jobs this year, a slight growth over NT$25,070 last year.

The figure is much lower than the NT$40,000 earned by most South Korean college graduates, NT$58,000 by Japanese graduates and NT$140,817 by US graduates.

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