Local working class toils 221 hours a month: survey
By John Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- According to a survey by 1111 Job Bank, 40.29 percent of workers toil between 201 and 250 hours (including overtime) per month, or 221 hours on average, which is equivalent to 2 hours of overtime per day.
October 23, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The three industries with the longest working hours are the real estate, manufacturing and commodity industries. The survey also showed that high-salary earners (NT$70,000 per month) and low-wage earners (NT$20,000 per month) work the longest hours, suggesting a polarized working-hour pattern.
Seventy percent of the surveyed said they worked overtime without compensation, and on average worked 28 hours of overtime per month.
The Labor Standards Act stipulates that working time may not exceed 84 hours in a two-week period. It appears that Taiwan's working class has gone beyond the standard working hours, the 1111 Job Bank said.
Statistics showed that high-level managers worked on average 251 hours per week, while low-level managers worked on average 234 hours per week. Those who earn NT$20,000 or less worked 224 hours per week on average.
Compared with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, the U.S., Canada, France, Germany and Britain, Taiwan's working hours rank third, only trailing Singapore and Hong Kong.
In the service sector, real estate agents usually have to work long hours, typically caused by the industry's competitive, service-oriented and performance-based nature, said 1111 Public Relations Director Li Da-huah (李大華).
In the manufacturing or non-high-tech sector, due to a slow economy, local firms have been conservative in hiring. With more urgent and unexpected orders coming in often, employees are often required to work overtime, Li said.