46 percent of employees in Taiwan work overtime: survey

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TAIPEI (CNA) — More than 46 percent of Taiwanese employees worked overtime in a recently surveyed one year period, with average monthly overtime of 15.9 hours, according to a report unveiled by the Ministry of Labor on Tuesday.

The ministry conducted the survey on employee’s living and employment conditions from June 2018 to May 2019, with 4,116 valid samples collected.

The survey found that 70.3 percent were largely satisfied with their jobs in the period surveyed, up 0.3 percentage points from the previous survey, while only 3.1 percent were dissatisfied.

Gender equality at work and good working relationships with colleagues, were the top two things employees were satisfied with, with both cited by over 96 percent of those who expressed overall job satisfaction, while 94.8 percent were satisfied with supervisors’ concerns for employees, according to the report.

Employee performance appraisal and promotion systems were the major causes of job dissatisfaction, cited by 71.7 percent of those questioned, followed by workload cited by 68.0 percent.

The survey also showed that 46.3 percent of local employees worked overtime during the year, down 1.5 percentage points from a year earlier and they worked an average of 15.9 hours of overtime a month, up 0.3 hours year-on-year.

In terms of the sectors in which employees worked overtime, the professional, scientific and technical services sector had the highest incidence of overtime with 65.4 percent, followed by the electricity and gas supply sector at 61.7 percent, according to the survey.

The survey revealed that 90.5 percent of employees were paid for overtime or given extra paid time off in lieu of overtime, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from a year ago.

Meanwhile, 78.8 percent of workers want to maintain their current working hours: eight hours per day; 40 hours per week, while 13.0 percent want to work fewer hours, according to the survey.