From Fresh Graduates to Mid-aged Workers, Pandemic Affects Almost Everyone in Job Market 疫情影響就業市場 新鮮人與職場爸爸同受衝擊

According to a new job bank survey, 46 percent of new graduates don't think they can find a job. A job website, meanwhile, says on average working dads have not received a raise in 4.4 years. Eighty-five percent of workers say they are worried about being unemployed in their middle age.


This 22-year-old woman just graduated with a degree in radio and television. She was initially planning to get a job in the field, but changed her mind and decided to go back to school when she found out she would probably only earn NT$25,000 to NT$28,000 a month.

Ms. Shih, 2021 Graduate:”There's a pandemic and jobs are hard to find right now, so I decided to continue my education overseas.” 

Jojo graduated and started working as a graphic designer last year for NT$35,000 a month. Eight months in, she was laid off. She says her professional confidence has been affected. According to the Ministry of Labor, 56,687 employees at 4,388 companies were on unpaid leave at the end of July.

Jojo, Job Seeker:”Last year's jobs were more in line with what I wanted. There seem to be fewer opportunities this year.”

Huang Juo-wei, Spokesperson, Job Bank:”Employers aren't even responding to job applications this year. Many don't have openings. We're also seeing new graduates that have gotten jobs but then had their wages cut.” 

A job website survey, meanwhile, found that on average working dads have not had a raise in 4.4 years. In addition, 40.1 percent of working dads say they are the sole breadwinner in their family and 85 percent say they are worried about being unemployed in their middle age.

Yang Tsung-bin, Spokesperson, Job Website:” [First, employees] may be lacking required technical skills. Second, they are worried about further layoffs because of the epidemic. Another factor is so-called age discrimination in the workplace.”

One expert says Taiwan's long-term low-salary crisis has only been exacerbated by the pandemic and recommends that workers take advantage of any opportunities to develop a second professional skillset to lower the possibility of being laid-off in one's middle age.

 


用著流利的日文,進行簡短的自我介紹她是今年22歲的石同學剛從大學廣電系畢業,原本思考畢業後要投入相關領域工作,但卻發現畢業的學長姐薪資待遇都只有2萬5到2萬8,因此決定繼續升學再進職場。

應屆畢業生石同學:「因為剛好現在也碰到疫情,然後工作也不好找,就趁這個機會出國進修。」

而這位JOJO,去年畢業後便開始從事平面設計的工作,薪水約有3萬5,沒想到工作才8個月卻不敵疫情來襲,公司決定人力縮編後5月收到資遣通知,也影響了求職信心,根據勞動部最新統計資料,截至7月底,實施無薪假公司增加至4,388家、人數達5萬6,687人。

求職者JOJO:「去年的話工作比較符合我的期待值,今年符合我期待值的工作我覺得降低蠻多的。」

人力銀行發言人黃若薇:「像是他們今年就很常遇到廠商已讀不回甚至是企業沒開缺,又或者是說你已經錄取了,結果被減薪的情況。」

另外,有求職網調查也發現,這兩年在疫情衝擊下,職場爸爸平均長達4.4年沒有加薪,有40.1%的職場爸爸透露,目前不屬於雙薪家庭,本身是家裡唯一的經濟支柱,對於目前的職場經歷,有八成五的職場爸爸透露,會擔心中年失業的問題。

求職網發言人 楊宗斌:「缺乏職場的一個專業技能,第二個就是擔心就是說可能接下來疫情關係會被這個裁員,另外當然就是一個年齡方面的這種所謂的職場歧視。

楊宗斌表示,接連兩年碰上疫情年,不但完全無法解決長期凍薪窘境,還要想辦法應付生活開銷、貸款,經濟壓力如影隨形,因此建議,不論是透過政府或企業力量,都要從照顧員工全家人的角度出發,並且協助在職進修學習第二專長,減少對中高齡失業所帶來的恐慌。
 

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