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370 companies in Taiwan puts more than 8,700 employees on forced and unpaid leave

The number of employees that listed as furloughed or under forced leave / unpaid leave in Taiwan grew to more than 800 in seven days according to the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

More than 8,700 employees now on unpaid leave coming from 370 companies in Taiwan due to COVID-19 that affects the economy, Central News Agency reported.

Data compiled by the MOL showed that a total of 8,739 workers had agreed with their employers to go on unpaid leave, the data shows is the highest number of furloughed employees in the last 8 years.

According to MOL, most of the companies implementing unpaid leave are small enterprises with workforces of fewer than 50 people.

The hospitality and food/beverage sector was hardest-hit, with 2,979 on unpaid leave, ahead of the metal and electromechanical sector with 2,302 and the wholesale and retail sector with 1,072.

The data showed signs that the growth of furloughed employees was at least slowing, though it still needs time to observe the economic climate for a better understanding about whether the trend will continue.


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