Older workers make up 34 per cent of Taiwan's workforce

Women, lower educated people form bulk of workers in part-time, contract and outsourced jobs
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/28/2009

About 206,000 workers in Taiwan over the age of 45 work in part-time, temporary or outsourcing jobs, and most of them are women, according to the government's first survey on employment among the middle-aged and senior citizens.

The survey found people aged 45 and over account for 43 per cent of the population over the age of 15 and 34 per cent of the employed population. They also make up 20 per cent of the unemployed.

Among workers over the age of 45, 5.7 per cent work in atypical forms of work — part time, contract and outsourced.

The survey found women and those with primary and junior high school education formed the bulk of this group and most were employed in the construction, factory and service sectors.

These workers cited failure to find full-time or fixed-term jobs and the need to work and take care of their families as reasons they work in atypical employment.

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