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ECFA raises job concerns, 104 Job Bank survey says

NEGATIVE IMPACT Almost half the respondents were worried the pact would negatively affect the job market, while 31.9 percent believed unemployment would go up

By Ted Yang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Nearly 50 percent of the nation’s salaried workers were concerned that the recently signed cross-strait trade pact could have a negative impact on the local job market, and more than 70 percent expressed a desire to work in China, a 104 Job Bank survey showed yesterday.

The survey, which polled 2,292 Taiwanese workers on June 28 and June 29, found that 31.9 percent of respondents believed that the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) would likely lead to higher unemployment, while 15.8 percent feared that the agreement would make it harder for people to find jobs.

Max Fang (方光瑋), the online manpower agency’s public relations manager, said that less than 40 percent of the workers surveyed were upbeat about the trade pact, with only 13.5 percent saying the job market would benefit from it.

“Following the signing of the ECFA, 9.3 percent of Taiwanese are anxious about working in China and up to 57.4 percent did not rule out looking for work there,” Fang said.

The survey showed that 35.5 percent of those who wished to work in China said they hoped to find better job prospects there, while 27.1 percent said they could ask for a pay raise or promotion by relocating jobs in China.

A manager in charge of recruitment at 104 Job Bank said that the salary range for Taiwanese managers in China was about one to one-and-a-half times higher than that in Taiwan, in addition to benefits, such as ­accommodation and subsidies for children’s education and travel expense back to Taiwan.

A separate survey by the manpower agency, which polled 1,420 Chinese adults between May 5 and June 5, found that more than 90 percent of respondents said they wanted to work in Taiwan if the local job market were open to Chinese workers.

Among those who hoped to work in Taiwan, 27.5 percent said that they wanted to increase their overseas work experience; 27.3 percent said they had never been to Taiwan; and 13.6 percent said Taiwan and China shared the same culture, the survey showed.

Fang said respondents who have experience working with Taiwanese think that Taiwanese workers had the edge in foreign language proficiency, global vision and expertise, while Chinese people were more responsible at work and focus more on teamwork than their Taiwanese counterparts.

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