Average monthly salary in Taiwan nearly NT$40,000: DGBAS

Focus Taiwan
By: Flor Wang and Pan Tzu-yu

Taipei, Nov. 28 (CNA) Employees in Taiwan, including part-time workers, on average earned a regular salary of NT$39,191 (US$1,285) in May, the Cabinet-level Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) reported Thursday.

The number who received a monthly salary of less than NT$30,000 in May dropped to 2.994 million, while those who earned more than NT$50,000 rose to 1.815 million, accounting for 32.8 percent and 19.88 percent, respectively, of all employees, the DGBAS report showed.

In May, a total of 437,000 people were unemployed, with 72.42 percent citing "pay lower than expectations" as the major reason, followed by 11.43 percent who pointed to "unsatisfactory work locations," according to the report.

The 72.42 percent dissatisfied with salaries offered represents a large increase on the 64.3 percent recorded a year ago, indicating a growing gap between the salaries employers are willing to pay and those expected by employees, said Pan Ning-hsin (潘寧馨), deputy director of the Census Department under the DGBAS.    [FULL  STORY]

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