Overtime pay up 9% during January-April


CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Overtime pay in Taiwan increased by about 9 percent in the first four months of the year, reflecting the introduction of rigid work hour regulations in December, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said on Thursday.

Average overtime pay per worker per month from January-April rose 9.01 percent from a year earlier to NT$1,693 (US$55.69), the DGBAS said.

In April alone, average overtime pay per worker rose 5.27 percent from a year earlier to NT$1,719, the DGBAS said. The April figure was also up 1.54 percent from a month earlier.

The April increase followed a 10.42 percent year-on-year rise seen in the first quarter of the year, the agency said.

Pan Ning-hsin (潘寧馨), deputy director of the DGBAS’ census department, reiterated that the new work hour rules had boosted overtime pay given by employers.

Under the new regulations, the maximum number of work hours has been reduced from 84 hours per fortnight to 40 hours per week with one mandatory day off and one flexible rest day per week.

Employers are required to pay overtime for work on the flexible day off.

In April, the DGBAS said, average overtime work hours per worker was 8.1 hours, up 0.1 hours from a month earlier, but down 0.4 hours from a year earlier. In the first four months of the year, average overtime work hours per worker per month remained unchanged at eight hours from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, average monthly wages, comprising regular salary and non-regular wages such as overtime pay and bonuses, rose 1.83 percent year-on-year for April to NT$44,359, the DGBAS said. Average non-regular wages in the month stood at NT$4,533.

In April, the average regular wage rose 1.49 percent from a year earlier to NT$39,826, the DGBAS said.

In the first four months of the year, a period that includes the payment of annual bonuses, average wages per worker per month stood at NT$56,833, up 2.26 percent from a year earlier.

The average regular wage per month per worker in the four-month period rose 1.55 percent year-on-year to NT$39,662.

In addition, the DGBAS data showed that the number of employees in the local industrial and service sectors in April rose 8,000 or 0.1 percent from a month earlier to 7.52 million.

The agency said that the number of employees in the two sectors for the four months rose 85,000 or 1.15 percent from a year earlier, giving an average monthly work force of 7.51 million.