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Taiwan sees narrowing gender wage gap

2018/03/08 22:13

Taipei, March 8 (CNA) The gender wage gap in Taiwan has narrowed over the past decade, while the number of Taiwanese women engaged in atypical employment relative to the overall workforce has fallen over the past five years, according to a government report published Thursday.

In 2016, women's average gross earnings were 32.9 percent below those of men, based on the European Union definition, a fall of 8.2 percentage points from 2006, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics' (DGBAS) 2018 Gender at a Glance statistical report showed.

This was lower than the average of 39.6 percent posted by the 28 EU member countries in 2014 and the roughly 40 percent recorded in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy, but much higher than the 20 percent gap in Lithuania and Slovenia, the report stated, citing data compiled by the EU statistical office.

Meanwhile, in response to globalization and rapid changes in industry structure, Taiwan has seen an increase in atypical work (employing part-time, fixed-term contract or temporary agency workers).

The number of atypical workers in May 2017 reached 805,000, accounting for 7.1 percent of the total workforce and representing an increase of 69,000, or 9.4 percent compared with the same month in 2012.

Overall, the number of male atypical workers stood at 427,000, accounting for 6.8 percent of the total male workforce, while the number of female atypical employees was 378,000, or 7.5 percent of the total female workforce.

While the proportion of women working under atypical conditions has been consistently higher than that for men over the past few years, the ratio of women working under atypical conditions relative to the labor force as a whole has been on the decline, according to the report.

In terms of industrial sectors, the construction industry hired the largest share of male atypical workers at 44.7 percent, while 79 percent of female atypical employees work in the service sector, the report indicated.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Evelyn Kao)Enditem/AW