Office employees favor a change in job, survey says

By Shelley Huang  /  Staff Reporter

Tue, Nov 23, 2010 - Page 2

More than half of Taiwanese office workers want to change jobs or have recently found new employment amid rising discontent with low salaries or inadequate benefits, a survey by online Job Bank 1111 showed.

As many as 57 percent of office workers who responded to the survey said they wanted to or had just found a new job.

Of this group, about 31 percent said they were looking for better opportunities while remaining in their current position, 16 percent had quit their jobs and were actively searching for new work and about 10 percent had started a new job in the past month.

The top reasons workers gave their employers when handing in their resignations were “career or life plans” at 22 percent, followed by “health reasons or illness” (14 percent) and “found another job” (13 percent), the poll showed.

However, about half of office workers would not give their employers the real reasons behind their decision to leave, which included “low salaries and inadequate benefits” (15 percent), followed by “no opportunities for growth and development at current job” (13 percent) and “personal career planning” (13 percent).

About 30 percent of respondents who had experience changing jobs said they had had a smoother experience looking for jobs this year than in previous years, citing reasons such as an “increase in job openings,” “more interview opportunities” and “better salary offers.”

The job bank said that finding new work was one way for workers to increase their paycheck, with half of those who changed jobs in the past month experiencing a salary increase.

The survey also found that the average job seeker spends about 100 days looking for new employment.

On the side of the employers, most businesses said they had a more difficult time looking for talent.

About 71 of the businesses surveyed by the online bank said that new recruits were more difficult to find, while 69 percent said the time between an opening being posted and the position being filled had increased.

Henry Ho (何啟聖), a public relations director at Job Bank 1111, said that even though more jobs were available as the economy picks up, the time and effort that went into looking for a job had not necessarily decreased as job seekers were weighing more options.

Job Bank 1111 conducted the online survey from Nov. 3 to Wednesday last week and received 1,512 valid samples from workers and 729 from businesses. The poll had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.52 percent.