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September, 30, 2016

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Men earn 20% more than women: government

TAIPEI -- The average monthly salary of female employees in Taiwan is 20 percent less than that of their male counterparts, the Department of Gender Equality under the Executive Yuan said Thursday.

In the industrial sector for example, the average monthly salary for men is NT$51,931 (US$1,656), while for women it is 27.3 percent lower at NT$37,772, the department said in a report at a national pension reform committee meeting.

In addition, because women tend to stop working at an earlier age than men to take care of their families, their pensions are usually smaller, the department said.

Female employees covered by labor insurance receive on average a monthly retirement pension of NT$15,256, about NT$2,000 less than men, the department said.

This means female retirees have less economic security than males, the department said in its report.

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