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Half of workers received no year-end bonus: poll

DISAPPOINTING:Among those who did receive a bonus, 83.2% said that they were unhappy with the amount. Red envelopes also suffered this year

By Hsieh Wen-hua and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Nearly half of the nation’s workers did not receive a year-end bonus, a recent survey conducted by the online job bank yes123 showed.

Even for those who did receive a year-end bonus, most said they still felt disappointed, as the survey indicated 83.2 percent of people polled were not happy about the amount given out by their employers. Only 16.8 percent said they were happy about the amount they received, the survey showed.

According to the survey conducted after the Lunar New Year holidays, which ended earlier last week, for those who had received a bonus, the average figure was NT$34,377. Among these, 10.8 percent polled said they received between NT$5,000 and NT$10,000, while the next-highest proportion was the 9.8 percent who received NT$3,000 or less, and those who received between NT$15,000 and NT$20,000, the survey showed.

The yes123 survey also indicated that the hard economic times last year had affected the amount given out in red envelopes, the customary monetary gift given to children and parents during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The survey showed that 29.7 percent of workers had cut back on their budget for red envelopes, 46.4 percent said they had given the same amount as last year and 23.9 percent said they had increased the amount from last year.

For the red envelope, the most common amount budgeted for it was between NT$5,000 and NT$10,000, at 16.4 percent. Next was between NT$ 10,000 and NT$ 15,000 at 14.2 percent, followed by 12.8 percent who said they gave out red envelopes that totaled NT$3,000 or less, the survey showed.

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