Over 90% of new graduates aiming for find jobs right away: poll

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) More than 90 percent of fresh college and high school graduates this year are hoping to enter the local market soon after graduation, a survey conducted by 1111 online job bank showed Friday.

Citing the poll, the job bank said 92.42 percent of new graduates want to land a job soon after their graduation, compared with 85.25 percent in a similar survey last year.

With the domestic economy growing and businesses gearing up for expansion, job listings on the job bank's website as of May increased 10 percent from a year earlier, giving rise to greater optimism among new graduates about landing a job, according to the job bank.

Among those want to join the job market soon after graduation, 10.25 percent are confident they will find jobs even before they graduate, while 57.73 percent think they will land a job in about a month, and 6.78 percent estimate it will take more than three months, the poll showed.

On average, fresh graduates think they can land a job within 36 days this year, compared with 2.4 months last year, which indicates greater confidence in the job market, the job bank said.

According to the survey, the information and high-tech industry is the top choice among new graduates this year, with 24.92 percent of them aiming to work in that sector, followed by the financial industry (14.98 percent) and the service sector (11.36 percent).

Meanwhile, salary expectations among fresh graduates have dropped slightly from NT$32,265 (US$1,083) last year to NT$31,103, the job bank said, citing its surveys.

It said the lower expectations in terms of pay show that new graduates are being more pragmatic so they could gain employment quickly instead of waiting for a higher paid job.

The poll showed that 39.59 percent of new college graduates are aiming for a monthly salary of NT$25,001 to NT$30,000, while 29.50 percent would like to earn NT$31,000 to NT$35,000.

The survey was conducted May 24-June 7 among 1,138 new graduates, seeking their views on the current job market and assessing their level of confidence in the current economic climate.

In late May, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) upgraded its growth forecast for Taiwan's 2018 gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.18 percentage points to 2.60 percent after a strong showing in the first quarter.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel