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Employees mostly positive

Staff Writer, with CNA

Employees gave the nation’s job market 64.4 points on a 100-point scale, with more than one-third scoring it below 60 points and 27.5 percent grading it at between 71 and 80 points, a recent poll showed.

According to a survey released yesterday by the employment service, 16.1 percent of Taiwanese office workers said the only thing that kept them in their current jobs was the salary “and nothing else.”

The most attractive aspects of their jobs included: “short distance from home,” according to 17.4 -percent of the respondents, “getting along well with co-workers” (12.1 percent) and “room for personal development” (11 percent).

What they found most dissatisfying were poor employee benefits (21.5 percent), no room for personal development (14.6 percent) and lousy bosses (12.2 percent).

The survey found that the five leading reasons that prompted office workers to change jobs were “good year-end bonuses” (59.1 percent), “dividends” (48.8 percent), “good bonuses for the three main festivals” (48.1 percent), “good opportunities for promotion” (44. 2 percent) and a “good working environment in which they can get along well with co-workers” (35 percent).

Chiu Wen-jen (邱文仁), deputy chief executive of, said “good pay, little responsibility and a short distance from home” have always been the major attractions for Taiwanese office workers and the latest survey shows “good pay” is still the primary motive for job seekers.

However, under globalization trends, Chiu said, it is no longer practical to expect to land a job that is not time-consuming or not too far from home.

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