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Survey shows 40% of college students take part-time jobs

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A survey conducted by the Council of Labor Affairs indicated that although 40.4 percent of Taiwanese college students work part-time, 20 percent were unaware if they had labor insurance and 18 percent had no idea if their job provided a pension plan.

The survey showed that students working part-time earned an average monthly income of NT$10,000 (US$305), with female students accounting for a higher percentage of part-time workers.

The survey also showed that 43.2 percent of private college students work part-time, compared with 35.3 percent of their public school peers. More than 45 percent of sophomores and juniors hold part-time jobs, a percentage higher than other college years.

Also, 68 percent of respondents said their part-time jobs were not related to their acad-emic specialization; only 12 percent answered "highly relevant," with 20 percent responding "somewhat relevant."

Nonetheless, more than 80 percent of the students considered working part-time "very helpful" or "somewhat helpful" toward their future careers, with only 7 percent answering "not at all helpful."

While many parents have expressed concern about the time-consuming aspect of part-time employment, 75 percent of the students didn't think working part-time affects their studies.

As for the salary and type of work students do, private tutoring was cited as the highest paid employment, averaging NT$351 per hour. The second was working in cram schools or buxibans, with an average hourly pay of NT$133. Third was general clerical positions in companies, which average NT$108 per hour. Supermarket and gas station jobs had the lowest pay at only NT$81 and NT$85 per hour.

Students paid on an hourly basis had an average monthly income of NT$10,915, while those paid by day earned an average of NT$14,697 per month. Students who received monthly payments had the highest earnings, averaging NT$16,181, the survey said.

There were 3,733 valid responses to the survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

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