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Indonesian caregivers earn more in Taiwan, says association

Indonesian caregivers earn more in Taiwan, says association

Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 29 (CNA) Indonesian caregivers and housemaids earn higher wages in Taiwan than in Singapore and Hong Kong, according to data released by the Malaysia National Association of Employment Agencies (PIKAP). Indonesian caregivers and housemaids receive monthly wages of 2,200 Malaysian ringgit (US$667) in Taiwan, compared to 1,700 ringgit in Hong Kong and 1,200 ringgit in Singapore, according to PIKAP. Meanwhile, Singapore charges these workers 6,500 ringgit in broker fees, while the cost is between 6,500 and 7,000 ringgit in Taiwan and Hong Kong, according to the data. Riwanto Tirtosudarmo, a scholar at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, said Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong offer "moderate" working conditions for overseas Indonesian workers. Meanwhile, labor conditions in Japan and South Korea are "good", while those in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia are "poor," Tirtosudarmo said. According to PIKAP, Indonesian caregivers and housemaids are paid monthly wages of 808 ringgit in Malaysia and 1,200 ringgit in the Middle East. There are currently over 208,000 foreign "social welfare" workers, such as caregivers and housemaids, in Taiwan, with Indonesian nationals accounting for some 78 percent of those workers, according to statistics from the Council of Labor Affairs. (By Jay Chou and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-04-13 21:26 GMT+08:00