Office workers eager to enter IT industry: survey

DREAM JOBS: Big salaries, good benefits and a stable work environment were respondents' top three reasons for pursuing work in the high-tech sector


Sun, Sep 30, 2007 - Page 12

Nearly 84 percent of office workers who responded to a recent survey expressed their desire to enter the high-tech industry, results released yesterday show.

The survey, conducted by the online employment service provider 1111 Job Bank, said high salaries in the high-tech industry was the top reason why it was such an attractive career choice, with 46.87 percent of respondents citing this reason.

The other two most-mentioned reasons are good benefits (36.36 percent) and a stable work environment (30.55 percent).

Among the workers who expressed no interest in the high-tech industry, 37.26 percent said the work environment was too exclusive, 33.96 percent were concerned about the long hours and 33.02 percent were not keen on the monotonous nature of the work.

In the semiconductor sector, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電) was the company that most office workers wished to enter, favored by 64.55 percent of respondents.

The other two most popular choices in the semiconductor sector were United Microelectronics Corp (聯電, 42.7 percent) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (日月光半導體, 23.75 percent).

In the area of computers and peripherals, Acer Inc was the favorite choice, mentioned by 54.85 percent of respondents, followed by Asustek Computer Inc (華碩電腦, 51.41 percent) and Quanta Computer Inc (廣達電腦, 21.12 percent).

In the photonics sector, the three most popular choices were Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp (奇美電子, 47.69 percent), AU Optronics Corp (友達光電, 45.69 percent) and Ritek Corp (錸德, 19.31 percent).

In the communication and networking sector, the top three choices were Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信, 59.2 percent), High Tech Computer Corp (宏達電子, 33.73 percent) and Senao International Co (神腦, 32.28 percent).

In the electronic parts and components industry, Delta Electronics Inc (台達電子, 58.93 percent) topped the list, followed by Nan Ya PCB Co (南電, 10.52 percent) and Holy Stone Enterprise Co (禾伸堂, 10.15 percent).

In other electronics areas, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密, 73.62 percent) remained the most popular, followed by Inventec Appliances Corp (英華達, 27.2 percent) and National Aerospace Fasteners Corp (宏達科技, 23.66 percent).

Respondents said they would expect an average monthly salary of NT$41,920 from a high-tech industry job.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 7 to Sept. 21 among 1,315 office workers. It had a margin of error of 2.7 percent.