9 out of 10 em­ploy­ees in Tai­wan feel re­place­able: sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Although the job mar­ket has be­gun warm­ing up amid the re­cov­ery, many work­ers in Tai­wan re­main with a high sense of anx­i­ety about job se­cu­rity, ac­cord­ing to a job bank sur­vey, which showed 91 per­cent of those polled in the work­ing class said they are re­place­able at their present jobs.

As high as 56.9 per­cent of the re­spon­dents to the sur­vey on job se­cu­rity anx­i­ety said they had faced the cri­sis of be­ing re­placed or weeded out at least once dur­ing their work­ing ca­reer.

Among them, 30 per­cent even- tu­ally be­came the sub­ject of a lay­off, 1111 Job Bank said, cit­ing re­sults of the sur­vey it con­ducted on March 27-April 10 on its on­line mem­bers.

The main rea­sons that the em­ploy­ees were laid off in­cluded poor achieve­ment at work or in­com­pe­tence (18.8 per­cent), busi­nesses’ prac­tice of down­siz­ing their per­son­nel (17.7 per­cent), and dis­putes with col­leagues or su­per­vi­sors (17.7 per­cent), ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

Daniel Lee ( ), deputy gen­eral manager of 1111 Job Bank, said that although the coun­try was in grad­ual re­cov­ery, which has prompted a new de­mand for tal­ent in the job mar­ket, some en­ter­prises were re­ported to have ei­ther launched or­ga­ni­za­tional ad­just­ments or been merged over the past years amid rapid changes of global op­er­a­tion strate­gies due to tech­no­log­i­cal and ma­chin­ery up­grades.

Cit­ing Min­istry of La­bor data, Lee pointed out that the num­ber of em­ploy­ees in the mass lay­off plans pre­sented to the min­istry was 8,727 peo­ple in 2013.

The fig­ure in­creased to 11,281 in 2014, and the num­ber of peo­ple set to be laid off this year has al- ready reached 5,713 as of Fe­bru­ary, Lee said.

Judg­ing from th­ese fig­ures, he ex­pected there will be more peo­ple laid off this year than the pre­vi­ous year. The sit­u­a­tion re­flects the trend in which lay­offs have be­come a stan­dard method most en­ter­prises will ex­ploit to con­trol op­er­a­tional costs in the mod­ern econ­omy.

“Be­cause the con­cept of life­time em­ploy­ment no longer ex­ists, the work­ing class could likely be forced to change their work­ing en­vi­ron­ment or job at any time,” Lee said, ex­plain­ing the rea­son that the mod­ern work­ing class is in a per­pet­ual state of stress over job se­cu­rity.

For the 83 per­cent of the re­spon­dents to the sur­vey who said they sensed the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing their present job, Lee ad­vised them to think over the con­nec­tion be­tween their work po­si­tions and the devel­op­ment of the in­dus­tries they work at, re-eval­u­ate their em­ploy­ment ad­van­tages, and try to in­crease their pro­fes­sional knowl­edge and sharpen their skill set.

The sur­vey re­ceived 1,132 valid sam­ples, and had a mar­gin of er­ror of plus and mi­nus 2.91 per­cent­age points.

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