To safeguard the basic welfare of vulnerable workers, the government has approved an increase to the national minimum wage for the seventh consecutive year since 2016. Once this latest hike becomes effective on January 1, 2023, the monthly minimum wage will have risen by 31.9% from NT$20,008 (US$638) to NT$26,400 (US$842), and the hourly minimum wage by 46.7% from NT$120 (US$3.82) to NT$176 (US$5.62). The hourly wage hike is mainly aimed at taking care of young laborers, women reentering the workforce and older workers, the majority of whom are paid on an hourly wage system. The government hopes that increasing working-class incomes will boost productivity, and that the higher minimum wages will provide for the basic living expenses of marginal workers as well as spur domestic consumption and economic growth, thereby creating a win-win situation for both labor and management.
The government is now also vigorously pushing a minimum wage law that would create a sounder wage policy by codifying standardized and transparent adjustments to the minimum wage. By passing this legislation, the government would better guarantee protection and support for the livelihoods of laborers and their families.