Nearly 300K Workers Earning Less Than NT$30K/Month|全台近3百萬人月薪不到3萬 創19年新低
Are real wages rising? The answer is no. While the average monthly wage of new college graduates is currently around NT$28,000, in 2018, around 327,000 workers in Taiwan earned less than NT$30,000 a month. The Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announced this year that the number of people earning less than NT$30,000 a month has fallen to a 19-year low of 2.994 million, but experts say this does not mean wages have risen significantly, especially in the face of inflation. In Taipei, for example, a person would have to not eat or drink for almost 30 years in order to afford to buy a home.
I earn around NT$28,000 (a month) in the service industry. There's not much left after living expenses.
This woman has worked in the food and beverage industry for four years but still earns less than NT$30,000 a month. After living expenses and student loan repayment, there is little left. Many workers in Taiwan are in the same boat, earning less than NT$30,000 a month. According to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, 32.8 percent of workers, or 2.994 million people, earn less than NT$30,000 a month. This was announced as an achievement, with the DGBAS also noting the number has fallen by 22,000 to a 19-year low this year. However, many workers say wage rises are lagging far behind inflation and it is very difficult to make ends meet.
Inflation is very severe, especially housing prices. No one earns enough to save any money.
Office workers eat out most of the time, and the cost of eating out has definitely gone up recently.
According to one job bank analyst, the number of workers earning less than NT$30,000 a month has fallen because of four consecutive years of minimum wage hikes and a new regulation forcing employers to disclose salary range in job listings for positions paying less than NT$40,000 a month. At the same time, real wages have not gone up.
Most earn less than NT$30,000. Some technical jobs pay even less. Food and beverage and service industry workers -- the government has to take industry distribution into account.
In addition, the number of atypical workers has soared over the past five years to 819,000 this year. Atypical workers now account for a record 7.13 percent of the workforce. One major reason is the growing food delivery platform industry. To address the problem of atypical workers having next to no labor rights, the Ministry of Labor will submit a new occupational injury insurance and protection draft bill to the Executive Yuan in coming weeks. If passed, an estimated 300,000 workers would benefit.