Core Facts

  • Population:  23.4M
  • GDP:  USD 523 billion
  • GDP per head:  USD  22,350
  • Workforce:  11.3M
  • Unemployment (2017):  3.78%
  • Average monthly wages (2017):  USD 1,515


The Taiwanese labour market is heavily legislated for and the employment relationship is governed by strict mandatory rules. For example, it is only within certain industries that a company can derogate from the restrictions on working hours. There is fairly heavy involvement from the local labour authorities who are permitted to carry out inspections to ensure compliance with labour laws.

In addition, Taiwan is becoming increasingly unionised. Works rules, which must be submitted to the local labour authority, are required where there are over 30 employees and there is a prescriptive collective redundancy consultation regime again requiring the involvement of the local authorities.