Why Taiwan has a low birthrate

Why Taiwan has a low birthrate

A June-July, 2015, labor survey of 4,071 responses by the ministry of labor on Taiwan showed that 67.7% of workers felt satisfied with their jobs, 28.6% felt “so-so” and 4.4% felt dissatisfied with their jobs.  The main reasons for being satisfied with their jobs were “friendship and interpersonal relationships with colleagues and coworkers” while the main reasons for not being satisfied with their jobs were the “work performance evaluation system, wage levels and the lack of a proper channel for complaints”.

Taiwan has a gross labor force of 6,650,000 workers.  Nearly half, 46.4% of them have to work overtime, and the monthly average overtime is 18.2 hours.  Of those who work in telecommunications and broadcasting, 60.8% have to work overtime.  Of those who work in technical services, 56.9% have to work overtime.  Of those who work in finance and the insurance industries, 56.7% of them have to work overtime.  Of those who work in transportation and warehousing, 56.2% of them have to work overtime.

Among the 67.7% who feel satisfied with their jobs based on their feeling that their work and leisure time are balanced, males tend to spend their free time watching movies while females tend to spend their free time shopping.  Those younger than 34 years old like watching movies and shopping while those 35 years and older like to take walks, go jogging, ride bicycles and go on picnics.  Of all workers, 39.6% plan to retire at age 61, and most will retire on their personal savings, on pension and on payouts from labor insurance.

No wonder workers on Taiwan have no time to make babies.  Taiwan has one of the lowest birthrates in the world, just like South Korea and Japan.

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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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