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95% of Taiwanese office workers willing to work in China: poll

TAIPEI--Almost 95 percent of Taiwan's office workers are willing to work in China, according to the results of an online survey released Saturday.

Compared with around 77 percent of people who expressed their willingness to pursue a career in China in a similar survey carried out in 2011, the number showed a significant increase as the result of warming ties between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, said the 1111 job bank, which conducted the survey Jan. 14-28.

The results show that 10.77 percent of the respondents were currently based in China, while 27.44 percent had worked there before.

Over 56 percent of office workers were thinking about finding a job there but had not taken any action, the results show.

Asked about what government-initiated policies and plans have increased their aspirations to enter the work force in China, over 46 percent referred to the signing of a cross-strait currency clearing agreement and the increasingly frequent financial exchanges.

Over 37 percent of the respondents attributed their interest to the increasing number of direct air and sea links between Taiwan and China, it said.

In addition, almost 33 percent of the respondents stressed the business potential created by the Chinese government's polices on urban development, compared with 31.48 percent who want to work there because of the inking of an investment protection agreement.

Market potential, improved work experience and increasing competitiveness were other key factors attracting the poll respondents.

The survey, conducted via email, collected 1,230 valid responses. It had a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 2.79 percentage points.

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