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Taipei may raise pay for outsourcing firms

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) announced yesterday that the planned salary increase for Taipei City Government employees in May will be extended to outsourcing companies as well.

Hau announced previously that he will implement an NT$133 hourly increase to interim employees from human resource companies and related public sectors of the Taipei City Government. This will raise the monthly salaries of interim employees to NT$22,639 per month, and has been estimated to benefit around 4200 people.

Following his initial decision, Hau announced yesterday that the expansion will also cover employees from outsourcing companies working closely with the city government on a daily, if not regular, basis.

Currently, government agencies outsource projects to be undertaken jointly between the government and private companies. Outsourcing companies also include those who employ janitorial, labor and security staff at government property. Around 3,000 employees have been estimated to benefit from the extensions, raising the number of benefactors to around 7,000 people over the next two years.

According to Hau, President Ma Ying-jeou has been avidly encouraging private companies to increase employee salaries. Hau said that he made that appeal into reality, and hopes that the salary increase of his city government will prompt fellow city and county governments to follow suit, and hopefully private companies too.

To implement the salary increase, said Hau, the city government will amend the Services Procurement Contract Model to clearly state in the Outsourcing Service Contract that the starting salary of any basic level employees should be no lower than NT$133 per hour, and no less than NT$22,639 per month.

Hau concluded his announcement by stating that the funding for the program will come from the remaining balance from contract tenders, which will not draw any money from the secondary reserve fund nor put additional financial burden on Taipei City.

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