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91.2% of Taiwanese students seek part-time jobs

Taiwanese students seek part-time jobs
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN — A record 91.2% of university students in Taiwan are reportedly planning to look for part-time jobs during the summer semester, according to online job bank yes123.

The bank’s survey found that 60% are considering two part-time positions and expect to clock in 64.2 working hours monthly. However, 10% are gearing up for over 100 hours.

Students hope for an average monthly income of NT$23,596 (US$740.85), with an aspirational 5.7% targeting over NT$50,000 (US$1569.86).

However, past experiences don’t always align with expectations. While a whopping 97.6% have managed to balance part-time work and academics in the past, they earned an average of NT$20,929 (US$657.11). Notably, 10.9% ended up with less than NT$10,000 (US$313.97).

The satisfaction rate is also low, with 72.3% discontented with their earnings. A significant 70% found their income lacking, causing 47.3% to turn to family for financial assistance and 23.6% to borrow from their peers.

Concerningly, 33.6% reported that their employers overlooked labor insurance dues, and 44.3% said they were compensated below the minimum wage.

Yes123 spokesperson Yang Tsung-pin urged Taiwanese students to be watchful of unfair wage practices. 

He added that part-time students should look out for traps such as unreasonable wage deductions or being asked to pay out-of-pocket for company goods.

Yang also emphasizes the importance of demanding rightful wages and insurance, adding that workers should consult authorities in case of employer violations.

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