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Part-time work has become a trend in Taiwan: Job Bank

By Amy Su  /  Staff Reporter

Domestic companies’ demand for part-time employees as well as jobseekers’ demand for part-time positions showed continuous growth last month, an indication that atypical employment has gradually become a trend in Taiwan, 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) said yesterday.

As of the end of last month, a month before the Lunar New Year holidays, domestic companies have opened nearly 40,000 part-time positions. This marked the highest level since January 2008, which was also the month before the Lunar New Year of that year, 104 Job Bank said, citing its latest data.

The Lunar New Year holiday falls on Jan. 23 this year.

In spite of history showing that there is usually a higher demand for part-time employees during the New Year holidays, the online manpower agency’s data showed continuous growth in the number of part-time openings over the past four years.

“Previously, demand for part-time employees only rose when the overall economy slowed,” Regis Chen (陳力孓), 104 Job Bank’s marketing director, said in a press release. “But the latest data proves that more and more companies hire part-time employees regardless of the economic sentiment.”

Differentiating between the data by sector, it was retailers, warehouse logistics companies, the catering industry and tourism that showed the highest demand for part-time workers, the job bank said.

A separate survey conducted by the manpower agency found that jobseekers’ demand for part-time positions increased 12.8 percent during the same period.

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