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1 Taiwan foreign labor market Taiwan has started to import foreign labor since October 1989 when more and more Taiwanese workers shifted away from heavy work low pay menial jobs As a result foreign labor from Thailand Indonesia Philippine and Malaysia are welcomed in manufacturing construction and other home services like maids and care-givers At the beginning Taiwan employers had been in need of foreign manpower so much that they even paid for the air tickets among other benefits to attract workers However more suppliers entered the market later gave them more options and hence the market became more demanding Still Taiwan market is very potential because its basic salary is as high as 456 of average salary in manufacturing sector much higher than 3600 of Japan and 2396 of Korea 2 Vietnamese workers in Taiwan Unlike the neighbor Thailand Vietnam workers arrived Taiwan rather late not until October 1999 after an Agreement between two governments about importing Vietnamese labor The number of Vietnamese labor in Taiwan went up gradually in the following years and reached 40154 at the end of April 2003 Most of them 6069 are unskilled labor working in service sector mainly as care-givers 3218 of others serve in industrial sectors mostly in textile and computer parts industries Table 1 VIETNAMESE LABOR IN TAIWAN April 31 2003 Care-giversManufacturingOthersTotal Number of people2436913174248840154 Percent6069328162010000 Source Taiwan Council of Labor Affairs The basic salary is 15840 Taiwanese dollar NTD a month for 40 working hours a week From that they have to pay 4000 NTD or less for food and accommodation depends on their boss 1800 NTD fee to Taiwanese brokers 1700 in the second year and 1500 in the third year Other payments include health insurance labor insurance visa etc and taxes Under Taiwanese laws foreign workers must pay 20 in tax if their employment period is below 183 days and 6 since the 183rd day
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