9 out of 10 employees in Taiwan feel replaceable: survey
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.