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Demand for part-time workers growing

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Despite the recent hike in the minimum wage, demands for part-time workers during the summer vacation increased 8 percent compared with the same period last year, an online survey released yesterday by the Web-based 104 Job Bank showed.

Chiu Wen-jen (邱文仁), the company's marketing director, quoted figures showing that most companies were planning to recruit more hourly and/or part-time employees this summer were not affected by the increase in the minimum wage.

The survey found the service sector -- particularly retail stores, restaurants, the recreation and tourism industries, as well as education and medical services -- has the strongest demand for part-time workers. These industries have reported increases in their need for temporary workers over the summer of between 20 percent and 200 percent over last year.

Retail businesses, such as hypermarkets and video stores, have been looking for more part-time workers. The demand for such workers was up 33.5 percent compared with last year.

The food and restaurant industry reported a 41 percent hike in demand, while the tourism and lodging business posted 200 percent rise in demand.

Chiu said the new minimum wage was accepted by the service industry.

However, the manufacturing industry has reported a decline this summer in the demand for part-time workers.

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