||This study explores the tendency of younger generation in Taiwan, who is interested in or has the experience of working holiday, to engage in the agricultural related industries in the country. This study also determines the feasibility of improving agricultural workforce recruitment by the method of working holiday based on respondent’s perceptions on working holiday, Taiwan’s agricultural sector and the benefits of participating in the working holiday programme.|
This research adopts the convenience sampling and snowball sampling methods for data collection. There are two ways of disseminating questionnaires – through the electronic media (e.g. Facebook, Line, emailing, backpacker etc.) and the conventional paper questionnaires. A total of 193 sets of electronic questionnaires were answered and all are valid. On the other hand, there were 215 sets of paper questionnaires returned out of 222 sets given out, and only 201 sets of them are valid with an effective rate of 93.49%.
The outcome of the results shows that 56.9% of the respondents are willing to get involved in the agricultural related jobs in Taiwan, irrespective of their interest in the working holiday Person value = 0.001, P =0.980 > 0.05). According to cross tabulation analysis, 64.6% of the respondents expressed their interest in the agricultural industry against 35.4% who showed no interest in the industry if they have friends and family members working in the domestic agricultural industry.
The findings from the above analysis will hopefully provide some information and reference in relation to the agricultural workforce recruitment to the relevant parties and agencies.
Finally, this research brings up some suggestions from the results:
1. Marking different marketing plans for different group.
2. Expanding overseas youths to engage in the agricultural related industries in the country.