Women still earn less than men in Taiwan

Taipei--Women continue to earn less on average than men in Taiwan. In 2015, female employees earned an average of 14.5 percent less than men in terms of hourly salary, according to a 2017 gender workplace report by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

The average hourly wage for women working in non-agricultural sectors was NT$253 (US$8.48) in 2015, less than the average hourly wage for men of NT$296, according to the report.

However, women did see average earnings increase by 21.1 percent from 2005-2015, a higher rate than men who posted only 13.8 percent growth in earnings, which contributed to a drop of 5.3 percent in the gender pay gap, according to the report.

Based on vocation, men's average hourly earnings were more than women's in most occupations, with the medical and health care sector seeing the widest gender pay gap at 44.4 percent, followed by 34.2 percent in the art, entertainment and recreation services sector and 26.8 percent in manufacturing industry.

Women earned more per hour on average in the support services, real estate, water supply and pollution control sectors, according to the report.

In terms of vocational structure, most female employees work in customer services and sales sectors, accounting for 23.6 percent of the total, while about 20 percent work as technicians and clerical support workers.

Most male employees have engineering and technical jobs and work as machinery equipment operators and laborers, accounting for 42.4 percent of the total.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel