Number of furloughed workers down in Taiwan

The number of workers on unpaid leave in the second half of October decreased, while the number of employers that had unpaid leave programs in place increased from the first half of the month, government statistics showed Tuesday.

As of Oct. 31, a total of 350 workers were on furlough, one down from the first half of October, according to Ministry of Labor (MOL) data.

Meanwhile, 24 employers had unpaid leave programs in place, compared with 22 in the first two weeks of the month, the MOL said.

Most of the companies that had employees on unpaid leave were small enterprises with workforces of fewer than 50 employees, according to the ministry.

The furloughs, usually between 1-4 days per month, do not last for more than three months, the ministry said.

To reduce the financial impact on workers who have been affected by unpaid leave, the government has implemented a NT$20 billion (US$637 million) program to offer them training to upgrade their job skills.

Under the program, the trainees receive a stipend of NT$100 per hour to help meet their living expenses, up to a maximum of NT$12,000 per month.

Employees also have the option of taking online training courses that are available on the website of the ministry's Skill Evaluation Center.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel