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Master’s holders, young adults most keen on new jobs

Staff writer, with CNA

Master’s degree holders and young adults under 30 are among the five population segments most interested in switching jobs during the peak job search period following the Lunar New Year holiday, a survey has found.

The other three groups are those who assumed jobs after the global economic meltdown that started in late 2008, middle or high-ranking managers and operators/staff, according to the survey results released yesterday by manpower agency 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行).

The online job-recruiting firm found that more than 60 percent of the respondents from these groups indicated an interest in leaving their jobs.

Office workers were also keen for a change, with 59 percent intent on leaving their jobs because of low pay (50.2 percent), poor fringe benefits (43.8 percent), a slow up-the-ladder process (24.8 percent), the nature of the work (22.5 percent) or the company’s poor prospects (22.5 percent).

Max Fang (方光瑋), public relations manager of the online recruiting firm, suggested that if businesses wanted to retain their people, they could start by raising salaries, increasing fringe benefits and expediting promotions.

Office workers said, for example, that if they have performed better than average in a job, they should get a promotion in 2.3 years, compared with the actual waiting period of 3.5 years, Fang observed.

The online job bank conducted the survey between Jan. 24 and Jan. 27 and collected 2,998 valid samples. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points.

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