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Median wage declined in 2016

The median monthly wage for private sector workers in Taiwan dipped 0.59 percent to NT$40,612 (US$1344) between 2015 and 2016, according to a Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics announcement on Wednesday.

Directorate figures also showed the median salary (including regular and non-regular wage) to be lower than average monthly wages.

According to the latest directorate figures, the average monthly wage for private sector workers stood at NT$48,790, an annual increase of 0.62 percent. The ratio between median and average wages stood at 83.24 percent in 2016, the lowest in eight years.

The median monthly wage for women in the private sector remained significantly lower than that of their male counterparts, at NT$37,431, compared to a male median wage of NT$43,955.

2016's median monthly wage for workers in the industrial sector stood at NT$40,878 and at NT$40,161 for workers in the service sector, both showing a decline from 2015.

Also in decline were median monthly wages for supervisors and specialists, standing at NT$53,927, while factory workers, non-supervisors and non-technician specialists stood at NT$35, 415.

According to the figures, the median salary for regular salaried employees also dropped in 2016.

For office workers, supervisors and specialists, the median regular salary experienced a decrease of 1.1 percent, declining to NT$43,337.

Among factory workers, non-supervisors and non-technician specialists, this figure increased NT$54 in 2016 to arrive at NT$29,309.

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