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Study finds young workers more diligent than thought

STEADY HANDS:The study found that 58 percent of firms surveyed had employed young adults and that 80 percent of these would hire young workers again

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff Reporter

Contrary to what some might believe, more than 60 percent of employers are willing to hire people who are aged between 16 and 19 and almost 80 percent of employers who have hired young workers are satisfied with their performance, the Taiwan Alliance for the Advancement of Youth Rights and Social Welfare said yesterday while releasing the results of a survey.

While many people think that young adults are not as hardworking and are more likely to quit a job, research conducted by the group found otherwise, the alliance’s secretary-general Yeh Ta-hua (葉大華) said.

RELIABLE WORKERS

“According to statistics released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, more than 740,000 people [aged between 16 and 19] were in the workforce in 2009. Among them, only 12.35 percent changed positions, while the remaining 87.65 stayed at a job for more than a year,” Yeh told a press conference, adding that after interviewing managers from 245 businesses nationwide, the alliance discovered that 63 percent of the firms were willing to hire young adults.

“Among the businesses, 58 percent have hired young adults before, and nearly 80 percent of the businesses that have hired young adults said they would hire young workers in the future,” he said.

STEREOTYPICAL FEARS

“On the other hand, 77.5 percent of the businesses that have not hired young adults told us they would not be willing to hire people in this age bracket because they are worried those workers would not fit into the work environment or would not stay for a long time,” Yeh said.

The alliance also found that larger corporations are more willing to hire young adults than smaller companies.

Based on the research, the alliance concluded that stereotypes were preventing employers from hiring young adults and urged the government and schools to connect young job seekers and firms that are looking to hire staff members.

STEREOTYPICAL CASE

However, a story shared by high school sophomore Tung Cheng-han (董承翰) at the press conference seemed to reinforce the stereotype.

Tung said he had worked at a printing press for over a year, but quit about two months ago.

“We had a large order at the time and I had to repeat the same job over and over again for the whole week, so I was a little bored and tired,” Tung said. “After five days of working on this order, my boss asked if I could work on Saturday as well. I said ‘okay,’ but then, since I felt it was the weekend, I slept until the afternoon on Saturday.”

He said he later received a phone call from his boss, but decided to go back to sleep and then simply quit his job.

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