Number of furloughed workers in Taiwan down in December
Jan 04, 2017GeneralComments Off on Number of furloughed workers in Taiwan down in December
The number of workers on unpaid leave in Taiwan in the second half of December fell from the first half of the month, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Ministry of Labor (MOL).
As of Dec. 31, the number of workers who agreed to go on furlough was 529, down from 556 in the first two weeks of the month, the ministry said.
In addition, the number of employers implementing unpaid leave also fell in the last half of December, dropping from 24 in the first two weeks to 21, the MOL data showed.
During the period Dec. 16-31, four employers terminated their unpaid leave programs, but an additional one started the program, the ministry said.
Most of the companies that had employees on unpaid leave were small enterprises with a workforce of fewer than 50, according to the MOL.
The companies, mostly in the metal and electromechanical industries, had been asking their workers to take one to four days of unpaid leave per month for a period of up to three months, the ministry said.
The decline in the number of furloughed workers in December reflected the gradual recovery of the domestic economy.
In late November, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics forecast that Taiwan's economy will grow 1.87 percent in 2017, compared with a 1.35 percent growth estimated for 2016, on the back of rising global demand, which has boosted Taiwan's export-oriented economy.
Meanwhile, the government has implemented a NT$20 billion (US$621 million) program to reduce the financial impact on workers who have been affected by furloughs, offering them training to upgrade their job skills.
Under the program, the trainees receive a stipend of NT$100 per hour to help meet their living expenses, up to a maximum of NT$12,000 per month.
Employees also have the option of taking online training courses that are available on the website of the MOL's Skill Evaluation Center.
Twice a month, the government releases data on furloughs to provide an update on conditions in the local labor market.