Taiwan’s Latest Emergency Services Salary Switcharoo

Junior cops are getting promised a raise of a whopping NT$1,370 per month, but two-thirds won’t see it. Firefighters are also getting hosed.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/06/01
By: TNL Staff

Photo Credit: Reuters / TPG

On May 29, an amendment to the Police Personnel Regulation (警察人員人事條例) was passed by the Legislative Yuan which includes a provision to allow for pay raises to junior-level police officers and firefighters. With the program beginning in January next year, 66,000 officers in the National Police Agency (NPA) and various fire departments will see their maximum monthly salary increase by NT$1,370 (US$46) per month.

Higher level police and firefighters will also see their salary caps increase, but to a lesser degree.

The Ministry of the Interior (MoI) said that 28,000 employees would receive raises within the first year, 38,000 within three years, and 66,000 sometime in the future. In its announcement, the MoI said that the amendment would cost around NT$1.17 billion per year, of which NT$870 million would go toward salary increases and NT$300 million towards pensions and related expenses.

Legislative Yuan majority leader Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said that this would be “the warmest gift” on the eve of Police Day (June 15).

The salary increase is enough to buy one large coffee at 7/11 per day.    [FULL  STORY]

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