90% of prospective workers desire leaving home for bigger cities: survey
By Ann Yu, The China Post
August 21, 2012, 12:08 am TWN
The China Post--According to a survey conducted by the 1111 Job Bank, 90 percent of employees in Taiwan have the desire to leave their hometowns to find employment.
Among those wanting to leave, 36.8 percent wish to head for the Taipei metro area. 13.56 percent to Taichung and 9.46 percent to Kaohsiung.
"The statistics indicate that most people wish to head for bigger, flashier cities," said the job bank's public relations director Henry Ho (何啟聖).
In a report released by the Ministry of the Interior, the influx rate of people into Taipei posted a 66.76-percent rise in 2011, the biggest in the nation.
According to the 1111 Job Bank survey, the prime reason for Taipei's most-coveted position was broader job opportunities, while fatter salaries and brighter career development paths ranked second.
Ho noted that Taipei offered a higher starting salary of NT$28,000 on average for a college graduate compared to NT$25,000 in Pingtung County. Salary gaps between cities and more rural areas could differ by as much as NT$85,000 a year.
A woman surnamed Huang, who returned home after employment in Taipei, said, "I never thought of the salary. I just thought Taipei opened more opportunities, and I thought I should give it a shot."
Ho stated that most regional government branches are boosting local industries and businesses to attract more talents, such as Kaohsiung's software technology parks, the music and culture industries and Taichung's machinery tech parks and industries.
"Whether you decide to stay or leave, the most important thing is your own career planning. If you don't map out your career and simply go after a bigger salary, you will end up in the same place after 10 years," Ho said.
Some workers still choose to return home after being employed in bigger cities. The survey showed that 14.78 percent of those desiring to work away from their hometowns had already returned home after working in metro areas. Ho noted that most reasons were personal affairs, with 68.33 percent wanting to be near their families.
Ho suggested that although returning home would decrease the cost of living or raise living conditions, jobseekers should still conduct thorough research to understand the dominant industries and the job trends of the area.
Huang, who is returning to Kaohsiung, shared her experience of employment at a bank in Taipei, with a NT$28,000 starting salary.
"Employers in Kaohsiung and Taipei treat their employees very differently. Taipei companies offer more benefits, training classes and a better salary, whereas Kaohsiung's resources are more limited," she said.
"Being employed in a metro area gives you the advantage of a better working experience, making it easier to later get employment in other places. If it were not for marital reasons, I would like to stay in Taipei," Huang concluded.