Taiwan, also known as the Island of Taiwan, is a state located in East Asia. It is governed by the Republic of China and is situated off the southeast coast of China. Taiwan has a thriving economy that is described as the 19 largest in the world. It is also regarded as one of the most progressive and advanced countries in the world. There are numerous employment opportunities here and the unemployment rate, at 4.1%, is low, which is why many people choose to relocate here for employment purposes.
Employees working in Taiwan can take advantage of a number of rights and benefits, regardless of their nationality or country of origin. Below are some of the many benefits employees can take advantage of:
Taiwan’s current minimum wage is set at NT$18,780 per month and NT$103 per hour, however there have been proposals to increase the hourly and monthly minimum wage rate by the third quarter of 2012. The minimum wage rate was primarily implemented for the benefit of young part-time individuals trying to make a start in the employment sector, as well as women who have had a break from working and wish to return.
Women in Taiwan are entitled to a maximum of 8 weeks statutory maternity leave, and the equivalent of approximately $3,846 altogether. Although this rate is relatively low in comparison with many other Asian countries, it is not unusual for some women to take a career break at this point and resume with work at a later period.
Workers in Taiwan are entitled to between 7 and 30 days paid leave per year, depending on the number of years of service that they have completed, or the number of hours they work per month.
Over a two week period, employees cannot work more than 84 hours over a two week period. In a given week, the maximum number of hours an individual can work is 48 hours. However in the event that the individual is asked to work longer hours, provided they give their consent, they may do so.
By law, employees are entitled to a maximum of 30 days paid sick leave for non-hospitalization. In the event that they are hospitalized, they are entitled to up to 1 year paid sick leave for 2 consecutive years.
Public holidays in Taiwan are taken very seriously as each and every holiday has its own unique customs and celebrations. Taiwan recognizes 13 – 15 public holidays per year, depending on the year that they fall on and the religions celebrating. A number of holidays take place across a long weekend, including Chinese New Year, New Years day and the Lantern Festival (3 days each). These holidays are regarded with great importance by the Taiwanese people, and the rituals and customs adopted at this time are extremely traditional.