A survey conducted by Taiwan-based job portal 1111.com revealed 83% of service industry companies were looking to increase staff for the end-of-the-year holiday season.
The peak months of November to January make up 40% of annual sales for some businesses, which explained why 66 percent of interviewed companies were actively capitalizing on holiday sales opportunities and why 83 percent of companies were recruiting more temporary workers to meet the increase in business.
Tourism, department store retail and dining are the industries requiring the most holiday staff.
The need is so high, nearly 48 percent of companies interviewed said they would be willing to raise the hourly pay to recruit temporary workers for the busy holiday season. Of these companies, 2.29% said they would go as far as to double the hourly wage.
The bank’s deputy manager Lee Da-hua told The China Post that the need for kitchen aids who have training and experience is so high that many companies are willing to pay workers of other restaurants what they could have made in year-end bonuses to come work for them instead.