Food delivery drivers earn NT$42,000 per month on average: job bank
Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) Food delivery drivers in Taiwan earn an average NT$42,000 (US$ 1,355) per month, which is more than the pay of new college graduates, a local job bank said Wednesday.
The monthly pay of college graduates on their first job averages NT$30,000, considerably lower than the average pay of a food delivery driver, as determined by 104 job bank data, said Chung Wen-hsiung (鍾文雄), a representative of the human resource company.
The information, obtained from the data of 300 food delivery drivers registered on the job site over the past five years, shows that 70 percent of them work full-time, Chung said at a press conference.
Their monthly pay can be as low as NT$20,000 but averages NT$42,000, he said.
One full-time food delivery driver, in his 20s, has reported that he earns NT$180,000 per month, Chung said, adding that the job bank could not confirm that information.
He said the average age of the food delivery drivers registered on the 104 job site is 26, and 45 percent of them are college graduates, with 3 percent holding master's degrees.
At the press conference, a food delivery driver surnamed Hung (洪) said he earns about NT$10,000 per month, working four to five hours a day.
Another driver, surnamed Chiu (邱), said he also delivers food as a part-time job, at nights and on weekends, earning NT$10,000 to NT$15,000 per month to supplement his income from his main job.
The job bank released its data amid heightened awareness of the welfare of food delivery drivers after two of them were killed in separate road accidents over the past week.
In the wake of the fatal accidents, it was revealed that some food delivery services were categorizing their drivers as "independent contractors" who were not entitled to labor insurance coverage or other benefits.
Labor authorities, meanwhile, have threatened to fine those food delivery services that are allegedly dodging their responsibility toward their drivers.
Commenting on the issue, Chung said Wednesday that food delivery drivers should purchase private insurance, in view of their high-risk job on the streets of Taiwan, which are often congested with scooters.
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