Over 61% of first-time jobseekers land jobs: survey

At a time when the local unemployment rate has fallen to below the 4 percent mark, more than 60 percent of first-time jobseekers in Taiwan are able to find jobs, according to the results of a survey released by online job bank yes123 Thursday.

Citing the survey results, yes123 said that 61.1 percent of 1,418 first-time jobseekers aged 20 or older polled said they are on a payroll. First-time jobseekers are comprised of new graduates and males who have fulfilled their military conscription.

The job bank said that the first-time jobseekers who have secured jobs said that they spent 2.6 months on average to find work.

Of the 61.1 percent who are on a payroll, 18.9 percent have even changed their jobs.

The results were released after the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics reported earlier this week that Taiwan's jobless rate for September fell 0.09 percentage points from a month earlier to 3.99 percent.

The September jobless rate fell to below 4 percent, following 4.02 percent and 4.08 percent in July and August, respectively, with the number of first-time jobseekers down 7,000 from a month earlier.

The job bank said that those first-time jobseekers who have found work said that they spent about 1.3 months on average to become familiar with their working environment and their jobs. Some 19.6 percent of them even said they were able to get used to their jobs soon after started work, the job bank added.

For those first-time jobseekers who have gained employment, the survey results show, 78.3 percent said their employers use a probation period, with 72 percent saying that the period is three months long.

According to the survey results, they said they had expected NT$29,938 (US$947) in monthly wages on average, but it turned out that their employers provide only NT$26,873, which represented a difference of about 10 percent.

The job bank said that about 81 percent of those new workers said that they feel great pressure from their work.

In addition, 92.1 percent said they have been blamed by their employers or supervisors for poor performance.

The survey was conducted during the period of Sept. 22-Oct. 5 with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, the job bank said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel