Taiwan poised to raise wages for migrant caregivers
Taiwan's Ministry of Labor (MOL) says it will soon introduce a minimum wage increase, for private home-based migrant caretakers and domestic helpers.
The ministry agreed to recommend an increase from the current minimum wage of NT$17,000 to at least NT$20,000 for that category of migrant workers, based on the recommendations of its employment security fund management committee. The committee says Taiwan's international image was being tainted by low salaries, and that the government could provide subsidies to economically disadvantaged employers, to help them pay for private home-based migrant caretakers and domestic helpers.
The minimum pay hike for that category of migrant workers is also being proposed in light of Taiwan's increase of its monthly minimum wage earlier this year, to NT$25,250. Unlike migrant workers employed in the industrial sector, private home-based migrant caretakers and domestic helpers are not covered by Taiwan's Labor Standards Act, which has left their minimum pay stuck at NT$17,000 for the last seven years.