Workers see child-raising as expensive: survey
Office workers in Taiwan believe that raising a child until he or she reaches the age of 20 could cost them up to NT$6 million (US$194,000), a survey by local online human resources company yes123 said Saturday.
The average cost deemed necessary for raising a child is NT$5.73 million, according to the survey, which collected 1,656 online questionnaires between March 16 and March 30.
For those who live in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, the standard is considered higher at NT$6.01 million, the company found.
The results show that regardless of marital status, 40.2 percent of the office workers said they do not wish to have children.
Among them, 65.8 percent said they are concerned about making enough money, while 31.8 percent said they can't afford housing.
Another 27 percent said they are too busy working to take care of children, according to the survey, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.41 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.