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Taiwanese professionals call for increased workplace flexibility and leave allowance

  • 51% of Taiwanese employees want flexibility in their working hours introduced, while only 28% said it is a benefit they already receive
  • 48% of Taiwan-based professionals would welcome a greater leave allowance, but only 24% say it is a benefit they already receive
  • 74% of professionals stated that they would be interested in working overseas, down just 1% on last year’s results
  • 30% of surveyed professionals stated that the current job market is good or very good and 45% say it is average
  • 68% of respondents have indicated they are likely or very likely to change jobs in the next 12 months
  • 58% of employees voted ‘career progression’ as the key reason fuelling their strong intent to change jobs

Source: 2016 Michael Page Greater China Employee Intentions Report
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Taiwan, 27 January 2016 – Employees in Taiwan have called for increased workplace flexibility and leave allowance in the recent 2016 Michael Page Greater China Employee Intentions Report.

Over half (51%) of professionals surveyed in the report said that flexibility in their working hours would be a benefit they would like to see introduced, while only 28% claim it is a benefit they already receive.

Andrew Wright, Director, Michael Page Taiwan says, “Workplace flexibility can commonly be taken to mean being able to work from home or outside of the office occasionally, but it also covers the hours worked - a hot topic for employees, especially with standard working hours legislation coming in. Employers will need to focus on workplace flexibility and work-life balance initiatives in their retention strategies moving forward.”

The report also finds that a significant proportion (48%) of Taiwan-based professionals would welcome a greater leave allowance factored into their employment terms, while only 24% say it is a benefit they already receive.

Wright says “There has been an 8% increase in the number of employees stating that they would like to receive more extended leave since last year’s survey. The message for employers in these findings is clear - employees feel they spend too much time at their desks. The challenge for employers is how they tackle this and provide a workplace that meets employee expectations now as well as into the future.

The report also asked employees about their intent to work abroad and found that 74% would consider making the move overseas, down just 1% from last year’s results. Results also show that only 7% of the respondents have returned to the country in the past year, but of those, a quarter gave broadening experience or opportunities to learn as the reason for it. An indication perhaps, that while retention strategies continue to face a stern challenge, there is some encouragement in this report that attempts to attract talent back are starting to pay off.

The 2016 Michael Page Greater China Employee Intentions Report is based on the qualitative survey findings of 1,733 employees working across a range of professional sectors in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The scope of the report includes key insights into employee preferences around attraction and retention initiatives, salary expectations, benefits and views on the predicted employment outlook.

The Taiwan version of the full report can be downloaded here.