People going to work during rush hour in Taipei. (Photo/China Times)
Unhappy with their current salaries or hoping to build professional skills, the vast majority of Taiwan's office workers want to take on a second job, according to the results of an online survey presented Saturday.
In the survey conducted by 1111 Job Bank from Dec. 6 to 20, 93% of the office workers polled said they wanted a second job.
Among those looking to moonlight, 53.54% said it was because their "regular salary was inadequate," 51.52% said they wanted a part-time job to build savings, and 24.75% said they wanted to learn professional skills in their specialized field.
Respondents were allowed to choose more than one reason in answering the multiple choice question.
The survey also found that 66% of respondents said their desire to get a second job was growing stronger as the Lunar New Year holiday approached.
Among them, 64.62% said their interest in moonlighting was on the rise because they need the money, 13.85% said the pay for part-time work over the holiday is high and easy to earn, and 12.31% said it is usually easier to find an opening during the holiday period.
1111 Job Bank spokeswoman Charlene Chang said after checking the salaries of respondents against their answers, the company found that the lower respondents' salaries, the more they wanted to moonlight.
The survey was conducted among randomly-selected 1111 Job Bank members through questionnaires sent via e-mail.
A total of 1,070 valid samples were collected, and the survey's margin of error was plus or minus 2.99 percentage points, according to the Taipei-based company.