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Death from overwork top news item: poll

Staff Writer, with CNA

Sixty-one percent of the respondents to a recent survey picked claims of death from overwork as the top career news for this year, according to 1111 Job Bank.

Unpaid leave ranked second, with 56 percent of the votes, with layoffs in third place with 47 percent of the votes.

Asked what impact these news topics had upon the respondents, 36.27 percent said they believed they would see a salary cut, 24.3 percent said they thought their job descriptions would change and 17.96 percent expected to be laid off.

As for what kind of job-related news those polled liked best, 51.72 percent cited the increase in the minimum wage, 31.38 percent said news of discussions about “job responsibility” following the death of an engineer, reportedly from overwork, and 25.52 percent cited news of a new record in the number of people passing state examinations.

In February and March, engineers working for different technology companies reportedly died from overwork, including one employed by chipmaker Nanya Technology and one who worked for HTC.

The two deaths triggered discussions on “job responsibility.”

The system does not set a fixed number of working hours, which depend on how long it takes workers to finish assigned tasks.

Many employees in Taiwan are required to work overtime without pay under the system.

“Job responsibility” has become a trend in Taiwan, affecting sectors such as technology, security and medicine. It has made karoshi a national issue, 1111 Job Bank public relations director Henry Ho (何啟聖) said.

The online survey was conducted from Dec. 1 to Tuesday, with 1,136 valid samples, a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of 2.91 percent.

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