New work rules result in more people looking for new jobs: survey

Taipei--Following the introduction of new work rules which increase labor costs and have discouraged employers from providing work bonuses, a majority of employees in Taiwan indicated they plan to look for a new job after the Lunar New Year holiday, which ended on Feb. 3, according to an online jobbank survey.

In the yes123 survey, conducted from Feb. 9-20, 91.8 percent of respondents said they planned to look for a new job in the Year of the Rooster. Of those, 57.8 percent said they had already started looking, the poll results showed.

Asked about the reason for wanting to change jobs, 48.9 percent cited low salary. In addition, 44 percent of those surveyed said they were concerned about falling wages and reductions in other benefits because of the new work rules, which introduced strict restrictions on work and off-work days and require employers to pay higher rates when asking employees to work overtime.

Respondents indicated that the new rules effectively make overtime impossible because employers are not willing to pay the extra cost.

Some of those surveyed said they worry about being laid off if their employer decides to cut back on staff as a way of controlling labor costs, the jobbank said.

The survey shows that the most five popular business sectors, with job seekers include the technology and information sector (25.9 percent), restaurant, hotel and tourism sector (23.8 percent), wholesale, retail and trade sector (21.8 percent), financial, insurance and accounting sector (20.4 percent) and manufacturing sector (17.6 percent).

The new work rules, introduced on Dec. 23, 2016, reduce the maximum number of work hours to 40 hours per week from 84 hours every two weeks previously. In addition, workers are entitled to one mandatory day off and one "flexible" rest day per week -- measures that could increase operating costs for employers.

Employers now face much higher overtime costs if they ask employees to work on their "flexible" day off and are not allowed to have employees work on their mandatory day off because the rules mandate that workers can work no more than six days in a row.

The yes123 poll was conducted on randomly selected job-seeking members through an online questionnaire. A total of 1,176 valid samples were collected with a margin of error of 2.86 percentage points.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel