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Two-thirds of office workers eye jobs in green-energy sector

Staff Writer, with CNA

Nearly two-thirds of the nation’s office workers expressed an interest in working for companies involved with energy saving products as the outlook improves for the solar power and LED lighting sectors, a survey released yesterday by 1111 Job Bank showed.

The survey found general optimism for “green energy” devices, with 36.62 percent of respondents voicing confidence in the development of solar power in Taiwan, and another 25.35 percent having a positive outlook on LED lighting.

Among the 64.79 percent of respondents who were eager to begin careers in the green energy field, 55.43 percent cited “the development of global trends” as one of the main factors driving their interest.

The “global energy crisis” was cited by 48.91 percent as a factor, while 47.83 percent said it “reflected the need for carbon reduction,” an e-mailed statement by the Taipei-based agency said.

Workers intending to find jobs in the green-energy sector had high salary expectations. Respondents hoped for an average monthly salary of NT$47,500, greater than the current NT$40,000 a month average for office workers.

There were 16,586 job vacancies in the green-energy sector last month, up 33.49 percent from the 12,425 openings during the same period last year, while the number of people employed in the sector soared from 22,000 in 2008 to 58,000 last year, the agency said.

The survey was conducted online between June 13 and last Wednesday.

It collected 1,136 valid samples and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.91 percentage points.

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