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CLA launches new plan to stabilize job market

CLA launches new plan to stabilize job market

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) With the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) under increasing pressure because of large-scale layoffs and a rising unemployment rate, Labor Minister Wang Ju-hsuan reported Monday in the Legislative Yuan that the CLA has come up with a new plan to help stabilizing the employment market and upgrade the professional skills of workers.
The "plan to enhance employment skills in the short-term," is also aimed at discouraging enterprises from laying off workers.
Under the program, enterprises that provide on-the-job training courses for their employees will be eligible to apply for subsidies of NT$950,000 to NT$1.9 million over a period of six months, depending on the size of the business.
Workers who participate in the program will also entitled to a monthly subsidy of up to NT$10,000 (US$303) over a maximum period of six months.
The subsidy will be provided to the businesses on condition that they maintain their workforce size, do not lay off any of the employees attending the training courses, and pay their staff at least the minimum wage of NT$17,280 per month.
The CLA estimates that around 5,600 enterprises will apply to join the program, which means that the total number of subsidized workers will be 168,000. This will require a budget of around NT$15.97 billion, according to the CLA.
"We expect that the government's plans to expand domestic demand will help boost the job market next year," said Wang when asked by legislators if unemployment will surge again once the subsidy period expires.
The government has launched an NT$500 billion plan over four years to expand domestic demand and enhance infrastructure development, which is expected to boost the employment rate and the gross domestic product.
In a coordinated effort, the Cabinet-level CLA launched a program in October to subsidize for up to six months enterprises and governmental units that hire people who have been unemployed for a long time.
To date, 13,518 people have been hired under the program, the CLA said. According to the Ministry of the Economic Affairs, 1,600 enterprises shut down in November and the number could rise to more than 10,000 by the end of the year.
According to the most recent report by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, the unemployment rate in Taiwan had climbed to 4.64 percent in November, representing a jobless population of 507,000.
(By Emmanuelle Tzeng)




Updated : 2021-06-14 11:51 GMT+08:00