70% of Taiwanese employers of foreign caregivers have alternatives if ‘one day off in every seven days’ is effected

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(By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Results of a survey announced by Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor on Monday indicated that if the “one day off in every seven days” measure is made applicable to migrant caregivers, nearly 70% of their employers surveyed said they would have alternatives to fall back on.     

The labor ministry conducted the survey on the management and deployment of migrant workers, who include household caregivers and industrial workers, from August to October 2017. The survey asked employers questions about the management, deployment, job status, and alternative care, and the results will be consulted when labor authorities formulate future hiring and management policies, the ministry said.   

The survey results showed that the average salary for migrant industrial workers in June 2017 was NT$26,308  while the average salary for migrant household caregivers was NT$20,073 in the same month. With regard to working hours, the migrant industrial workers worked an average of 210.5 hours in June 2017, while the caregivers worked an average of 10 hours a day in the same month.   

When asked about the question of “one day off in every seven days” policy for migrant caregivers, 69.3% of the employers said they would have alternative measures to fall back on if the policy was effected, and 91% of the employers with alternatives said their alternative was to rely on their family members to provide care when their caregivers are gone for vacation.   

The MOL survey also indicated that if the government gives subsidies to employers so that their migrant caregivers can have regular holidays off,  30.7% of the employers said they are willing to apply. 

In addition, 42.2% of employers of migrant caregivers and 34.6% of employers of migrant industrial workers said they had encountered difficulties during their employment, most of which stemmed from "difficulties with communication and language."