Taiwan awards civil servants 4% wage hike
Taiwan’s civil servants are expected to receive a 4% wage hike from January 1 next year, officials announced.
The move is expected to benefit some one million workers, covering 820,000 military personnel, public school teachers and civil servants, and 200,000 contract workers.
The decision to hike wages was made to “share the nation’s economic fruit with its people,” Executive Yuan spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng said at a press conference, reports Focus Taiwan.
The pay raise requires a total budget of NT$31.4 billion (US$1.13 billion), of which NT$15.3 billion (US$551 million) will be allocated by the Executive Yuan, while NT$16.1 billion (US$579 million) will be provided by local governments, funded by the central government’s tax revenues.
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The proposal has been approved by the Executive Yuan as at end-October, and has now been submitted to the Legislative Yuan for review. Taiwan’s public sector employees last received a pay raise in 2018, with a hike of 3%.