Number of furloughed workers up in November: MOL

Most of the furloughed workers were put on a leave of 5 to 8 days.

(Taiwan News photo)

A total of 573 workers in Taiwan were placed on unpaid leave in November, up 223, or 64 percent from last month’s data, according to the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

The 64 percent increase is the biggest jump in almost a year, with five more companies recording in mid-November as having workers on furlough, and most of them small businesses in the metal and machinery industry with fewer than 50 employees, said the MOL.

Most of the furloughed workers were put on a leave of 5 to 8 days.

According to government regulations, employers are allowed to place employees on furlough for up to three months.

Meanwhile, the ministry has launched the “Recharge and Restart Training Program,” which is aimed to augment job training and enable workers to achieve and exceed a competent level of performance on their work, and continue their careers with strengthened qualifications.