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1,189 companies in Taiwan puts more than 21,000 workers on forced leave

In the wake of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the number of employees that listed as furloughed or under forced leave in Taiwan has risen to 21,000 the highest level since November 2009, reported CNA. 

According to Ministry of Labor (MOL) data, more than 21,067 workers had agreed with their employers to go on unpaid leave. The manufacturing sector had 8,786 workers on furlough over the past week, a 41.7 percent of the total and the highest of any sector.

The second highest number of furloughed workers with 3,998 is the hospitality and food /beverage industry followed by the retail sector with 3,882.

MOL data also shows that the 1,189 companies with forced leave programs over the past few weeks became the highest record since statistic were first recorded January 2009.

The ministry said, small enterprises with workforces of fewer than 50 people are the most companies that are implementing forced leave.

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