Taipei, More than 96 percent of full-time workers in Taiwan are hoping to find short-term jobs during the nine-day Lunar New Year break, according a recent survey.
Online job bank yes123 said that since it started conducting the annual poll in 2009, it is the first time that such a high percentage of employees have indicated they are interested in temporary jobs during the Lunar New Year holiday.
The poll showed that 96.1 percent of people who are currently employed in full-time jobs are seeking opportunities for short-term work over the nine-day break, which started Feb. 2.
On the question on why they are looking for temporary jobs, 50.9 percent said they are worried about not having enough money to spend during the holiday break, while 47.7 percent noted that the pay is generally higher during that period.
Another 36.6 percent said they want to make some extra money because they did not get a pay raise on their full-time jobs last year.
Meanwhile, the survey also found that 62.7 percent of full-time employees have had to work on their regular jobs during the Lunar New Year holiday period.
Yang Tsung-bin a spokesman for yes123, said working on national holidays is categorized as overtime, and employees are entitled to double pay during that period.
Based on Article 37 of the Labor Standards Act, Feb. 4-7 this year is deemed a national holiday, Yang said.
An employee who earns NT$150 an hour, for example, should be paid NT$300 per hour during the four-day national holiday period, he said.
Employers are not permitted to offer "red envelopes" in lieu of wages, he added.
The survey was conducted Jan. 2-11 among 1,074 full-time workers. It had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percentage points.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel