Having children reduces chances of promotion: office workers


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Having a child is one of the factors that may prevent job promotions, the majority of office workers in Taiwan said in poll released yesterday.

Some 71 percent of the white collar workers polled by the online recruitment agency 104 Job Bank said they think that having a child will adversely affect their career development.

Among the 71 percent, about 32 percent said that married workers are not likely to be given important tasks at work. In addition, 20 percent were of the view that single workers stand a better chance than married workers of gaining promotion because it’s generally believed that family affairs may be a distraction on the job.

Another 18 percent said it is difficult to continue to work after marriage, let alone think about promotions.

The workers’ views on promotion were shared by the majority of domestic companies surveyed. Some 55 percent of the companies said that having a child will be a disadvantage for their employees, in terms of promotion.

On the question of balancing family and job, 55 percent of the married workers in the poll said it is difficult for them to do so.

According to 35.7 percent, they tend to sacrifice family for work, while 19.5 percent said they usually give priority to their families over work.

Among the respondents with no children, 64 percent said they have no plans to have a baby, citing insufficient income and inability to take care of children.

On suggestions for helping to boost the birth rate, many of the companies and office workers polled said flexible working hours and the establishment of child care centers within or near workplaces would prove effective.

Taiwan’s birth rate, one of the lowest in the world, is forecast to drop further to 0.94 this year and the population is expected to show negative growth by 2023.