77% of Taiwan’s young adults interested in working overseas: poll

Over 77 percent of young working adults in Taiwan would be interested in working overseas, with Japan, the United States and Singapore among the most popular destinations, according to a poll released Friday by the 1111 Job Bank.

The poll, which surveyed 1111 Job Bank members under the age of 35 by e-mail, found that many respondents who were attracted by the idea of working overseas believed that the jobs available would offer better pay and benefits and improve their competitiveness in the job market.

The respondents, 3.4 percent of whom are currently working abroad, also felt that overseas jobs could help expand their perspectives, strengthen their language abilities and improve their prospects in the future, according to the poll.

The top potential destinations the respondents said they would consider were Japan, the United States, Singapore, China, New Zealand and Australia.

1111 Job Bank deputy general manager Daniel Lee (???) contended that the high percentage of young people willing to work abroad may be related to the high youth unemployment rate in Taiwan.

Taiwan's unemployment rate rose to the highest level in two years at 4.08 percent in August, with the jobless rate much higher among those under the age of 29.

It was 13.43 percent among the 20-24 age group, 9.05 percent among the 15-19 age group and 6.98 percent among the 25-29 age bracket, Lee said, citing figures from the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

The poll, conducted between Sept. 20 and Oct. 11, collected 1,116 valid samples.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel