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588 companies in Taiwan puts more than 14,800 employees on force or unpaid leave

The number of employees that listed as furloughed or under forced leave / unpaid leave in Taiwan grew to more than 14,800 employees according to the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

The number of furloughed employees in Taiwan jumped more than 6,000 in seven days as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the economy.

A total of 14,821 workers had agreed with their employers to go on unpaid leave, up 6,262 from seven days under 588 companies according to MOL statistics.

Taipei and New Taipei registered the highest number of furloughed workers during the week at 6,727. Tainan reported 1,537 furloughed workers at 50 companies, while Taoyuan registered 1,054 at 40 firms, Kaohsiung 783 at 45 enterprises and Taichung 444 at 21, according to the data.

The manufacturing industry registered the highest number of furloughed workers during the week at 4,874, hospitality and food/beverage industry at 4,495, and 2,101 in the wholesale and retail sector.

Most of the companies implementing unpaid leave are small enterprises with workforces of fewer than 50 people. Unpaid leave programs typically last for fewer than three months and have their employees take five to eight days of unpaid leave per month, the MOL said.


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