Unlike the Taiwanese, Hong Kong students prefer public sector: survey

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Unlike the Taiwanese, Hong Kong students prefer public sector: survey

Hong Kong, April 13 (CNA) The majority of students in Hong Kong want to become civil servants after graduation, unlike most Taiwanese young adults who prefer to start their own business or work overseas, according to a recent poll conducted by the City University of Hong Kong.

The survey on career development found that 50.2 percent of Hong Kong students opt to work in the public sector after leaving school, as opposed to only 16.1 percent in Taiwan.

Roughly 66 percent of the Taiwanese respondents said they want to start their own business after graduation, while 82 percent said they prefer to work overseas rather than stay in Taiwan, the survey showed.

In contrast, only 44 percent of Hong Kong students want to start a business while 62 percent want to work overseas.

Besides economic and cultural differences, the results also reflected the kind of opportunities that are available for young entrepreneurs in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the school's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Associate Dean Dennis Wong (黃成榮) said.

At the same time, the study showed a sizable difference in starting wages in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Roughly 61 percent of those surveyed in Hong Kong cited between HK$11,000 and HK$17,000 (US$2,165) as their expected starting salary, compared with HK$7,001-HK$9,000 (US$1,146) cited by the largest number of Taiwanese students surveyed.

According to the study, the disparity is due to the significant differences in the median income and living standards of the two places.

The survey, conducted in January this year, collected 1,159 valid samples from six universities in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

(By Stanley Cheung and Ko Lin)
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