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Public sector, real estate jobs highly sought, survey says

By Shelley Huang  /  Staff Reporter

Roughly one out of every three workers say they would like to work in the public sector, while an equal amount say they would consider a career in real estate, a recent survey commissioned by the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) showed.

Last month, the council’s online job bank eJob polled 2,008 white-collar workers about which industries and sectors they would like to work in as the economy regains its strength and many companies develop aggressive recruitment plans.

The results showed that the public sector and publicly owned companies are the most popular choice, with as many as 679 workers (33.81 percent) choosing this option.

The high earnings of real estate agents amid the wave of rising property costs have also become attractive to job seekers, with 654 workers (32.57 percent) saying that they would consider jobs in this industry.

Job seekers’ willingness to land jobs in industries other than the public sector or real estate fall sharply, with the third most popular choice, high-tech industry, garnering only 240 votes (11.95 percent).

This was followed by manufacturing 217 (10.81 percent), financial services 73 (3.64 percent), life insurance 53 (2.64 percent), telecommunications 48 (2.39 percent) and broadcasting 44 (2.19 percent).

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