Most Taiwanese that are childless don’t plan on kids

AFP, TAIPEI

Tue, Nov 23, 2010 - Page 2

Most childless Taiwanese have no plans to become parents even though the vast majority believe a dwindling birthrate is a serious issue for Taiwan, a survey showed yesterday.

Altogether, 64 percent of working Taiwanese presently without children do not intend to have any in the future, according to 104 Job Bank, Taiwan’s largest online human resources service.

Of these, 61 percent said they had given up hope of becoming parents because they believed they could not afford to support a family, 104 Job Bank said.

Meanwhile, 38 percent said that, with their responsibilities at work, they would not have the energy to take proper care of their children, according to the survey, which allowed respondents to give more than one reason.

Despite the reluctance to raise children, 87 percent thought that the declining birthrate in Taiwan was a serious problem, the survey showed.

Sixty-four percent were concerned the result would be a society unable to look after its elderly, while 37 percent were worried about the consequences of having to import labor from abroad.

The comapny carried out the survey among 2,990 respondents from Oct. 15 through Oct. 19. The survey had a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.