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Three out of four willing to accept contract work: poll

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

About three out of every four workers are willing to accept contract employment in the hope of making the transition to regular employee, a survey by an online job bank released yesterday found.

The 1111 Job Bank announced the results of its latest survey, which showed that about 74 percent of workers polled said that they were willing to accept a contract or temporary position, and that female workers or young workers (aged 20 to 25 years old) were more willing than others to settle for a contract position.

The e-mail survey was conducted earlier this month and polled more than 1,000 workers.

Among the top reasons stated for the willingness to accept a contractor position were the “hope for transition to regular status” (64.12 percent), followed by the feeling that “salary and benefits are the same as [for] regular employees” (60.31 percent) and that the job position was a “stable career with specific job description” (51.15 percent).

Those who refused to settle for a contract position cited reasons such as that it was “not lifetime employment or the need to return to job seeking after the contract is fulfilled” (58.09 percent), that “benefits [were] worse than [for] regular employees” (54.41 percent) and the “salary [was] worse than [for] regular employees” (41.18 percent).

Job bank public relations director Henry Ho (何啟聖) said the two main types of contract positions were with companies specializing in manufacturing and business management.

“Manufacturers usually employ short-term, blue collar contractors to meet additional production deadlines, while white-collar contract workers are hired to participate in projects,” he said. “Usually, white-collar contract employees have a higher chance of obtaining regular status than blue-collar contractors.”

More than half of the contract employees polled said their salaries were lower than those of regular salaried employees, by about 19 percent.

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