Taipei-About 36 percent of students studying at high schools or colleges in Taiwan are planning to seek multiple part-time jobs after they return to school following the summer vacation, according to the results of a survey released Monday by 1111 online job bank.
The results show that 35.5 percent of the student respondents said they want to land a part-time job in a company, along with a home tutoring job, which often offers higher compensation than many other work options, either to provide financial support for their families or to repay student loans.
The respondents said that by landing a part-time job and a teaching job at the same time, they could expect to earn NT$12,287 (US$407) per month, or about NT$256 per hour, which is well above the minimum hourly pay of NT$133, the survey results show.
Meanwhile, 20.3 percent of the respondents said they are eyeing only a teaching job, while 44.2 percent said they only need a part-time job in a company.
According to the job bank, 91.4 percent of those who want a part-time company job or a teaching job said they are keen to earn a living so that they do not have to ask their parents for financial help.
About 60.9 percent of those needing part-time or teaching jobs said they are eager to build up their work experience before landing a formal job after graduation, while 43.2 percent said they want to save some money, the job bank said.
In terms of part-time jobs, 47.77 percent of the respondents said they would like to land administrative jobs and 43.95 percent said they would prefer a job waiting tables in a restaurant.
The survey results show that due to the newly implemented rigid work rules, the business sector has set its sights on offering more part-time jobs to meet demand, particularly in the service sector, including the retail business, as the sector needs a larger workforce to comply with the new work rules.
Under the new regulations, which took effect in December 2016, the maximum number of work hours has been reduced from 84 hours per two weeks to 40 hours per week, with one mandatory day off and one flexible rest day each week.
Employers are now required to pay overtime for work carried out on the flexible day off, but many employers and employees have complained that the new rules leave less leeway for more flexible work schedules, even if both sides agree.
According to the job bank, the number of part-time jobs registered on its online platform as of the end of July totaled 93,733, up 5.1 percent from a year earlier.
The survey was conducted during the period of Aug. 8-25 and collected 615 valid questionnaires, the job bank said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel