Taiwanese workers complain about possible extended overtime hours: survey

Updated 2017-11-07 23:01:57 Xinhua

Majority of Taiwanese are concerned about more overtime hours due to revised work rules, a survey showed Tuesday.

About 75 percent of 1,205 respondents believe they will be affected by the new rules, with over a quarter of them worrying about being stressed out both physically and mentally, according to the poll conducted by local human resource platform 1111 Job Bank.

The island's administrators plan to revise the five-day working week rules, including changes to the monthly cap on overtime from 46 hours to up to 54 hours.

The poll found out that 62 percent of the respondents already feel pressured by long working hours and 12 percent of them even work more than 12 hours a day.

Average annual working hours for each Taiwanese worker stood at 2,034 hours in 2016, overtaking most other regions despite a slight drop compared to the previous year, local statistics showed.

Employees in Taiwan have to do 11.4 hours of overtime work each week on average, causing 86 percent of the respondents to consider quitting their jobs, according to the survey.

People working in the media and publishing sector are burdened with the longest overtime hours of 64 hours each month, followed by the information technology industry, the survey showed.

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