Start­ing salary up 2% for grad­u­ates: sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The av­er­age start­ing salary Tai­wanese em­ploy­ers of­fered new­com­ers to the lo­cal job mar­ket in 2015 grew about 2 per­cent from a year ear­lier at a time when lo­cal un­em­ploy­ment was on the decline, ac­cord­ing to a job bank sur­vey.

In the sur­vey, 1111 Job Bank, one of Tai­wan’s lead­ing hu­man re­sources agen­cies, said that em­ploy­ers of­fered NT$ 26,493 ( US$ 855) in start­ing salary on av­er­age to new col­lege grad­u­ates who were first- time job seek­ers, up NT$ 524 or 2.02 per­cent from a year ear­lier.

The fig­ure was the high­est level since 1111 Job Bank launched the an­nual sur­vey in 2007. The sur­vey fo­cuses on sal- aries of­fered to new grad­u­ates from tech­ni­cal col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties and grad­u­ate schools.

The sur­vey showed that the av­er­age start­ing salary for tech­ni­cal col­lege grad­u­ates stood at NT$25,868, up 5.46 per­cent from a year ear­lier, the fig­ure for 4-year uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates rose 2.48 per­cent year-on-year to NT$ 26,869, and the start­ing wage for those who held a mas­ter’s de­gree in­creased to NT$ 28,596, up 0.28 per­cent year-on-year.

Daniel Lee ( ) , vice pres­i­dent of 1111 Job Bank, said that the av­er­age start­ing salary for new­com­ers to the job mar­ket still lagged be­hind the in­crease en­joyed by the over­all job mar­ket in Tai­wan, in­di­cat­ing that there is room to grow.

Lee said the re­sults pointed to a trend with new en­trants to the job mar­ket with higher de­grees fail­ing to get a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in their start­ing salary over those with lesser de­grees, while the gap among start­ing salaries for em­ploy­ees with tech­ni­cal col­lege, uni­ver­sity and mas­ter’s de­grees has been nar­row­ing.

The job bank said that the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sec­tor of­fered the high­est start­ing salaries, ahead of the med­i­cal, agri­cul­tural, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, com­mer­cial and ser­vice sec­tors.

The sur­vey was con­ducted be­tween June 2 and June 9, and col­lected a to­tal of 431 valid ques­tion­naires.

CNA

The Na­tional Tai­wan Uni­ver­sity Class of 2015 toss their mor­tar­boards dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Tai­wan, yes­ter­day. The av­er­age first-time salary af­ter grad­u­a­tion has risen to NT$26,493 (US$855) a month this year, up NT$524 (2.02 per­cent) from a year ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by 1111 Job Bank.

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