Business and labour groups divided over minimum wage
Business groups panned the minimum wage hike for 2022 proposed by a Ministry of Labor committee Friday, worried that it will hurt service sector companies hit hard by Covid-19. However, labour groups are generally supporting it.
The Minimum Wage Review Committee proposed that the minimum monthly wage be increased by 5.21% to NT$25,250 from NT$24,000 at present and that the minimum hourly wage go up by 5% to NT$168 from NT$160 at present, to take effect on 1 January 2022.
The decision still has to be approved by the cabinet, but the cabinet almost invariably follows the committee's recommendations.
The MOL said the hikes in the minimum monthly could benefit about 1.94 million workers, while the hourly wage increase could help 510,000 employees.
They will also apply to migrant workers in the manufacturing, ocean fishing, construction, and institutional nursing sectors, but not to caregivers or helpers employed by families.