Real-estate sector offers highest starting salaries

Taipei, Starting salaries for workers hired in Taiwan's construction/real-estate sector averaged NT$32,900 (US$1,123) per month in 2017, the highest of all professions, 1111 job bank reported Wednesday.

The figure, a rise following three years of falling salaries, is NT$100 higher than that received by employees in the electronics technology/information/software/semiconductor sector, which came second and was highest in 2016, 1111 Job Bank vice president Daniel Lee (???) said.

The real-estate sector was able to retake the top spot thanks to a rebounding housing market, after several years of weak performance, he said.

Employees at financial, trust and investment/insurance firms enjoyed the third-highest starting monthly salary of NT$32,664, according to the survey conducted among job bank members from January to December 2017, with 289,422 valid samples. It had a confidence level of 95 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

In terms of salary growth rate, the construction/real-estate sector also posted the largest increase of 4.2 percent last year, which was equivalent to monthly growth of NT$1,300, followed by the farm, fisheries/water, electricity resources sector with nearly 4 percent and 3.3 percent for those hired by financial, trust and investment/insurance companies.

Starting salaries offered to those seeking jobs in the child talent teaching /after-school tutoring profession were the lowest, with a monthly average of NT$27,964, according to the survey.

Second from bottom were salaries for art editing and interior design, which averaged NT$28,550, slightly lower than the NT$28,587 offered to those working at hair saloons, restaurants and tourism.

In 2017, the average monthly salary in Taiwan's job market was NT$36,200, a slight increase from NT$35,893 in 2016, the survey found.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel