A new survey published by an employment agency on Aug. 5 shows that “working fathers” work as much as 10 hours every day, including 20 percent of them spending no time with their children. When asked to grade themselves, working fathers would grade themselves 73.9 points on average, but only 52.8 points as dad. Ten percent would even grade themselves “zero” as a father.
According to the survey, the average working dads haven’t had a salary raised in 3.6 years. Also, 84.6 percent of them are unsatisfied with their current pay, and 62 percent are considering switching jobs because of their low wage. The survey also shows that fathers work an average of 10 hours per day, with 74.7 percent working more than nine hours a day. This indicates that nearly three-quarters of local fathers are on the verge of a burnout.
Overtime work is common in Taiwan, meaning dads spend on average 69.3 minutes with their children on workdays, and 18.5 percent said they have no time with their kids. The survey further points out that working fathers get to have dinner with their children 2.9 days per week, and 15.4 percent of fathers cannot even have one dinner with their kids. Almost 40 percent of working fathers think they are not close with their children.
Asked about the survey, a spokesperson of Yes123 (Yes123求職網), Yang Tsung-Pin (楊宗斌), said working fathers have to be a father, a son and a husband at the same time, adding that the government or employers should take more care of not only of employees but the employee’s family. They should also create a friendly working environment for working fathers. Yang further recommend a effective implementation of welfare through which working parents could receive an allowance and some assistance to purchase a house when settling down. ●