Work­ers see child-rais­ing as ex­pen­sive: sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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