Minimum Annual Wage to Increase to NT$23,800 Next Year|明年基本工資23800元 時薪最低158元


The Ministry of Labor's Minimum Wage Review Committee announced that the minimum wage is to be raised to NT$23,800 per month for salaried employees and NT$158 per hour for those on hourly wages.


The minimum wage will see a slight uptick next year: the monthly salary will start at NT$23,800, a 3 percent increase from the current NT$23,100. The minimum hourly wage will grow by 5 percent to NT$158, up from NT$150. The employees in the restaurant industry said that, due to the rising cost of goods and services, an NT$ 8 increase in hourly salary does not make much change for them.

The price for goods and services have increased a lot. To be frank, what can we do with an extra NT$8 per hour?

It's alright. I'm getting old, I can't work many hours a day.

McDonald's employs about 20,000 workers in Taiwan, 90 percent of whom are paid hourly wages. Their starting salary is NT$150 per hour, and the maximum hourly salary is NT$271, both figures will see raise starting next year. Share Tea, a local tea shop, said that wages for their full-time employees start at NT$28,000, and that they will boost their hourly wage according to the latest adjustment. The uptick in salary, they said, will raise their operating cost by 1.7 percent.

The salary adjustment is acceptable for us. Outside of the wage hike, the cost of raw materials is rising as well. Our profit margin has gone from small to slim.

The minimum wages have been rising for four years in row, the scholars from the Graduate Institute of Labor Research of National Cheng-chi University said that many restaurants tend to raise their prices in order to alleviate the effect of increased operating cost. However, Professor Hsin Ping-lung, who represented the academia in the latest discussion on wages, said that the wage increase will only lead to a 1 percent increase in operating cost. On the other hand, the cost of rent and of raw materials are all growing, but the restaurant often use wage hike as the sole reason to drive up their prices.

When we look at the operating cost of the restaurant industry, the increase in minimum wage would lead to a less-than-1 percent increase. The cost of their food, raw materials and rent could all be growing. If they were to raise the price of their products because of those factors, I'm not against it. But it's not fair to use minimum wage increase as the only excuse.

Professor Hsin said that he hopes the government would ensure the news to truthfully inform on the actual changes in business operating costs to the public in hopes to curb price increase on goods and services.



明年基本工資將再調漲,月薪從今年的2萬3100元,調漲3%,來到2萬3800元;時薪調漲5%,從150元調高到158元。領取基本工資時薪的餐飲店員說,因為物價高昂、什麼都貴,其實一小時漲個八塊,沒什麼太大的感覺。

便當店時薪制店員表示:「物資都漲成這樣子,說一句坦白,七塊(八塊)錢能買什麼?」

火鍋店時薪制店員表示:「還好啦!因為現在年紀也大,你要我一天上那麼多小時,我也受不了!」

而員工人數兩萬人、時薪制人員占比達到九成的速食龍頭麥當勞回應,他們的起薪150元,最高時薪271元,明年也會配合法令調漲。手搖飲業者歇腳亭表示,正職部分本來月薪就有兩萬八,時薪部分就會跟著調,整體人力成本約增加1.7%。

歇腳亭發言人 侯升偉表示:「那這樣子的成長幅度,對我們來說是,還在可以接受的範圍當中,除了薪資調漲之外,還有原物料成本也不斷漲價之外,我們原先的獲利本來是薄利,現在可以說是微利。」

基本工資連四漲,政大勞工所學者成之約點出,近年餐飲服務業明顯會調高售價,將人力成本轉嫁消費者。但代表學界參與審議的委員辛炳隆指出,其實基本工資明年調漲,餐飲業整體成本約是增加1%,可是租金、食材都在漲,業者就會把基本工資作為漲價的理由。

審議委員 台大國發所副教授 辛炳隆表示:「縱使餐飲業他的總成本平均而言,(因基本工資)增加的幅度,大概也不到1%,他們可能最近食物食材的成本,或者店租,店面的租金都在漲,那這種漲的話,你要反映(漲價)我不反對,可是你不能全部都說,是因為調了基本工資。」

辛炳隆建議,政府應該把關,將實際的成本資訊揭露出來,來改善基本工資連帶產生的物價效應。

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