Number of atypical workers sees 1st drop in 9 years

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/26/2020
By: Pan Tzu-yu and Evelyn Kao

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Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) The number of people in atypical employment in May dropped by 20,000 from a year earlier, the first fall in nine years, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an annual survey released Thursday by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

The total number of employees in Taiwan stood at 11.462 million in May, down by 22,000 from the same period last year, as the job market was severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the survey showed.

Of the total, 10.663 million were full-time employees, down 2,000 from a year ago, while the number of atypical workers dropped by 20,000 year-on-year, according to report.

The huge decline in the number of atypical workers — who have no fixed term of employment, including part-time workers, outsourced workers and workers on temporary contracts — is because they have suffered most from the impact of COVID-19, said Chen Hui-hsin (陳惠欣), deputy chief of the DGBAS's Department of Census.    [FULL  STORY]

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