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Taiwanese worked the fourth-most hours in the world

Taiwanese worked the fourth-most hours in the world in 2018, according to a Ministry of Labor (MOL)

According to the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) show the number of employees in Taiwan who worked longer than 50 hours per week

DGBAS said legal working hours have reduced from an average of 84 hours every two weeks, to 40 hours per week. The agency added that on Dec. 21 the same year, Labor Standards Act (LSA) was further revised to reinforce “the two days off per week” policy, which has reduced the percentage of workers who work longer than the legal limit, United Daily reported

DGBAS statistics show the number of employees in Taiwan who worked longer than 50 hours per week was greatly reduced in 2017 and 2018.

However due to some circumstances, some migrant worker who work in taiwan, have a different category of work schedule, like 4days work ang 2 days off, which 12hours in thier normal day of work and still manage to take over time in thier restday over time, which means if you calculated the working hours it's still so much for them, if you consider in terms of thier rest day that needed to work.

The average number of hours worked in Taiwan last year was 2,033 hours, two hours less than 2017. Thus, the country retains the dubious distinction of working the fourth-most hours when compared to the nearly 40 countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), trailing only Singapore, Mexico, and Costa Rica in terms of annual working hours clocked, reported CNA.

From 2008 to 2018, Taiwan saw its annual working hours per capita reduced by 122. South Korea saw 204 fewer hours worked, Japan reduced its average work time by 91 hours, and Costa Rica saw its drop 271 hours.

Deputy Labor Minister Lin Ming-yu said that the government should strive to reduce the number of hours worked but that each step of the process needs to be gradual.

Lin said that the MOL has sent a new minimum wage bill to the Cabinet for consideration. If passed into law, it should raise workers' wages, he added.


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