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Close to a third of women in Taiwan are single: DGBAS

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Close of 33 percent of Taiwan's women above 15 years old are unmarried, according to a statistic recently released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

The DGBAS conducted the survey in August last year, and found that there were 10,003,000 women above 15 years old in Taiwan, and 3,256,000 of them were single, which was equivalent to 32.55 percent. More specifically, about 21 percent of women above 25 years old were single.

The unmarried ratio has been rising over the years. The ratio was 29.71 percent in 2003, up 1.19 percentage point from the 28.52 percent in 1993. The ratio in 2013 was also 2.84 percentage point higher than that in 2003.

DGBAS officials said that as women obtained higher education and more actively participate in the service industry over the past two decades, many of them became financially independent and opted to remain single. According to the survey, 49.97 percent of women participated in the work force in 2011, while the ratio increased to 50.46 percent in 2013.

According to the survey, for the 25-49 age group, about 58 percent of the women said they remained single because they had not found "the right partner" to marry. About 13 percent said they remained single due to financial reasons.

For the 25-49 age group that comprises 1.593 million women in Taiwan, up to 24 percent said they were not considering a marriage. About 40 percent of those surveyed said they would more seriously consider a marriage if they had a job that provides stable income. About 14 percent said they would consider marriage if the other half is willing to share household burdens and agree on child raising.

While the government offers a six-month maternity leave, most mothers chose to stay in the workforce. Married women had a monthly regular earnings of NT$32,491 in 2013, which was NT$2,000 higher than that three years ago. The survey showed that parents are now relying more on nannies and pre-schools to take care of their children.

Additionally, the survey showed that women above 15 years old have on average 2.4 children. The number has been declining over the years.

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