Government’s report shows glass ceiling against women in Taiwan’s work environment

Among a few thousand workers who make more than NT$1 million every month, women took up less than 17%.

The income gap between women and men in Taiwan. (Source: Pixabay)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A report released by Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance August 8 revealed that the glass ceiling is still prevalent in Taiwan’s work environment, making women account for only one fifth among workers who make more than NT$1 million (US$33,000) per month.

The report analyzed the income gap of the workforce in the country as well as the gender proportion among the high-income workers. It defined those who earn more than NT$100,000 (US$3,300) per month as high-income workers and those who are paid more than NT$1 million monthly as extremely high-income workers.

The report said that the income of women and senior workers had improved over the years. However, among a few thousand very high-income workers, women took up only 16.8%.

“The number of women with extremely high monthly incomes was less than one fifth compared to men, which shows the glass ceiling against women is still existent in Taiwan’s work environment,” according to the report.

The report also showed that the scale of companies is commensurate with employees’ wages, as more than 30% of the high-income workers and more than half of the extremely high-income workers were employed at OTC (over-the-counter) or listed companies.

Age is another factor in terms of incomes, as more than half of the extremely high-income workers were reported to be aged more than 50.

In addition, 70% of the extremely high-income workers served in technology and financing industries, such as semiconductors, computer manufacturing, banking, insurance.

The report is based on the income report under the ministry’s tax system from 2011 to 2014 combined with information of households, business taxation, and disability and multiple income workers. The valid sample size is more than 5 million people, taking up nearly 80% of the country’s workforce, and is therefore representative.