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New Taipei City to provide more than 500 part-time jobs

Staff writer, with CNA

New Taipei City (新北市) Government’s Labor Affairs Department yesterday said that more than 500 temporary jobs would be available in the city for young people during the upcoming winter break, but cautioned those looking for work about the pitfalls of not checking terms of employment in the part-time job market before accepting an offer.

The department said it is collaborating with hypermarkets such as RT Mart, Carrefour and Hsin Tung Yang to provide 500 temporary positions for cashiers, receptionists, on-site salespersons and other positions during the winter break.

With a new minimum wage in place since Jan.1, an hourly pay of NT$98 can be expected, while the lowest monthly wage allowed is NT$17,880, Labor Affairs Department Director Kao Boa-hua (高寶華) said.

Employers must also provide proper insurance and other benefits for their workers, he added.

Kao warned part-time job seekers to be mindful of the pitfalls in the temporary job market and to look carefully at job descriptions, not just the salary, before accepting a position.

Young adults should research the background of the company to ensure that the work environment is both safe and legitimate, he said. They should also consider taking their parents to interviews to ensure the terms offered are fair, he added.

The winter break can be as long as a month because it includes the Lunar New Year holiday. It is common for young people to take advantage of the long break to earn extra cash by taking on a temporary job.

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