More young Taiwanese opt for working holidays

More young Taiwanese opt for working holidays
Ms Joy Chen, 25, in Sydney during a working holiday in Australia from 2010 to 2012. She worked successively as a strawberry packer, meat packer and waitress in Brisbane and Sydney, and holidayed in Tasmania, the Great Barrier Reef and Fiji between jobs.

TAIPEI - They head to countries such as Australia for chance to travel and possibly get better pay at the same time.

More Taiwanese young people are heading overseas on "work holidays", enticed by the prospect of higher pay and foreign pastures.

Some 27,000 Taiwanese aged between 18 and 35 travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, Britain, Germany, and South Korea last year on year-long stays combining work with travel. The number was 60 per cent higher than in 2011.

Mr Kao Yueh-sheng, co-founder of YEC International, an agency which plans trips for clients bound for Australia, said it had more than 600 customers last year, a 20 per cent increase over 2011.

"The demand for working holidays has been rising in the past two or three years," said Mr Kao. "The main reason is that salary levels in Taiwan are too low, just about one-third or one-quarter of those in Australia."

One can easily earn A$30,000 (S$35,000) for a year's work in Australia, he added.

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