As many as 93 percent of salaried workers in Taiwan wish to work abroad, with 79.8 percent saying they would leave if a job abroad offered better pay, a survey conducted by the online job bank yes123 showed yesterday.
The findings of the survey suggested that salary was the primary reason for workers’ intention to go abroad, with more than 79.8 of respondents saying jobs abroad paid better salaries, while 72.8 said they wished to work abroad to gain a broader international perspective.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they wanted to get a taste of life on foreign shores, while 63.7 percent said they wanted to enhance their foreign language capabilities.
The poll showed that China — a location perceived to have more job opportunities and where there is no language barrier — took top place among the countries that Taiwanese salaried workers said they wanted to relocate to, with the US coming second at 14.5 percent of respondents, Japan in third place at 12.9 percent, Singapore in fourth place with 10.8 percent and Australia in fifth place at 10 percent.
On the question of how much additional money Taiwanese felt were acceptable for them to go abroad to work, 18.5 percent of respondents expected at least double the amount of salary they currently receive in Taiwan. However, 12.5 percent and 6.8 percent of respondents expected more than three times their current salary and more than double their salary respectively.
Forty-one percent of respondents said they expected an annual salary equal to NT$1 million (US$34,130) when working abroad, while 36 percent hoped to earn NT$2 million per year.
However, yes123 deputy director Huang Yu-ling (黃玉齡) cautioned that job seekers should not place too much hope in China, despite its large job market.
A businessman surnamed Wang (王), who had been to China, said that Taiwanese who wish to work in China should have a resume of at least five to 10 years working experience in Taiwan, because this would give them more of a competitive edge.
Wang warned that those considering going to work in China should be wary of marital issues, adding that if the would-be job seeker is married, but unable to care for his or her family, there was a great probability that their marriage and work may suffer.
“I have seen some [married] Taiwanese businessmen take another wife when they were in China and, when their companies went out of business, they were afraid to return to Taiwan for precisely that reason,” Wang said.