Number of furloughed workers up to nearly 8,000 in late March

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | FocusTaiwan | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The number of furloughed employees in Taiwan rose sharply to nearly 8,000 in the last two weeks of March due to the economic impact of the global spread of the new coronavius disease (COVID-19), the Ministry of Labour (MOL) said Wednesday.

As of March 31, a total of 7,916 workers at 308 companies had agreed to go on unpaid leave, up from 3,835 at 109 enterprises in the first two weeks of March, according to MOL statistics.

Employers that starting putting furlough plans in place in the last two weeks of March were mainly in the metal and electromechanical, information and electronic, wholesale and retail, food/beverage and lodging, and service sectors.

The food/beverage and lodging industry registered the highest number of furloughed workers during the period at 2,693, followed by 2,247 in the metal and electromechanical sector, and 903 in the wholesale and retail sector.

A total of 81 employers in the food/beverage and lodging industry, 63 in the service sector and 61 in the wholesale and retail sector launched unpaid leave programmes during the two weeks.

Two employers ended furlough programmes during the period but another 201 initiated them after reaching agreements with their employees, as required by law, resulting in a net addition of 199, the data showed.

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

Their unpaid leave programmes 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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