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Window cleaner tops undesirable job list

Staff writer, with CNA

Cleaning the windows and exterior walls of buildings was ranked by Taiwanese workers as the least desirable job, according to a recent poll conducted by the 1111 Job Bank employment agency.

Given a choice of several jobs, 45.4 percent of respondents chose window cleaning as the one they would be least willing to do.

About 41.4 percent chose fertilizer worker as an undesirable occupation, 38.2 percent said they would not want to be a livestock keeper or butcher and 29.6 percent said they would not want to work as a maid or caregiver, the poll found.

Rounding out the top 10 least favorite jobs were funeral director and mortuary cosmetologist (selected by 25.4 percent of respondents), sewer worker (24.6 percent), cemetery worker (24.3 percent), mover (23.9 percent), boiler operator (23.6 percent) and nuclear power plant staff (22.9 percent).

Lee Ta-hua, director of public relations at the job agency, said the 10 occupations were the least preferred because they generally involved working in a harsh or dangerous environment, which offset the good salaries that could be earned in some of the jobs.

For example, window and exterior wall cleaners, earn an average wage of about NT$50,000 a month, with salaries reaching between NT$70,000 and NT$100,000 a month during peak seasons, Lee said.

By comparison, the starting salary for a college graduate averaged NT$26,722 last year.

The poll was conducted from July 2 to July 16 and collected 1,120 valid samples from workers across the nation. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus-2.92 percentage points.

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