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Contract, part-time staff reach nine-year high

TAIPEI--In May, Taiwan had a total of 792,000 part-time, temporary and dispatch workers, the highest in nine years according to data published by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) on Wednesday.

The working population in the same period totaled 11.247 million, with those employed part-time, on a temporary or dispatch basis accounting for 7.04 percent.

The figures represent an increase of 11,000, or 0.06 percentage points, from the same month the previous year.

Whether in terms of total number or the proportion of such employees in the workforce, the figures are the highest since 2008.

The DGBAS said 663,000 or 83.75 percent of part-time, temporary or dispatch workers indicated they did not want to find a new job or work extra hours.

The DGBAS has conducted the survey every May since 2008.

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