Taiwan sees sharp rise in number of foreign domestic workers

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/27
By: Wu Hsin-yun and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Feb. 27 (CNA) The number of foreign domestic employees in Taiwan increased 5.77 percent last year, an annual growth number that was nearly triple that in the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

As of the end of 2016, there were 624,758 migrant workers in Taiwan, 237,291 of whom were employed as caregivers and home helpers, the data showed.

The number of domestic workers grew by an annual 1.97 percent, or 12,935, in 2015 to 224,356, then spiked last year by 5.77 percent, according to the MOL figures.

The number of foreign employees in the industrial sector also increased last year by 23,893, or 6.57 percent, to 387,477, the figures showed.    [FULL  STORY]

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