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2013 real average wage below '98 level: DGBAS

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's real average wage stood at NT$44,739 (US$1,471) in 2013, lower than 1998's real average wage of NT$44,798 following adjustments for inflation, according to data released Wednesday by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics.

The average wage for December 2013 stood at NT$46,713 which was 12.18 percent more than the previous month but 2.11 percent less than the corresponding period of 2012.

The figures for December brought the regular wage for the whole of 2013 to NT$37,716, which is 0.99 percent more than for the previous year, while the average figure for non-regular wages such as bonuses, overtime payment and dividends, was NT$8,249, 3.43 percent lower than the previous year.

All together, the 2013 nominal average wage was NT$45,965, or 0.17 percent up from the previous year, before adjustment for inflation.

The government statistics also show that in 2013, the average salary for women was NT$40,903. Although that is only 81.37 percent of their male peers, officials said it showed a small step toward gender equality in comparison with 2012, when the average salary for women was only 80.97 percent that of men's.

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