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25% of Taiwan workers accept overtime loads

Employees in Taiwan have worked an average of 4.7 hours off the clock per month. A survey by the Ministry of Labor on workers’ living and employment conditions found that 25.2% of respondents worked off the clock, one percentage point higher than in the ministry’s previous survey. Off-the-clock activities were defined as receiving work-related messages from employers via electronic communication methods, such as phones, mobile phone apps, and social media, after getting off work. Of the respondents, 42% worked overtime, down 4.3 percentage points from the previous survey, but their average overtime hours rose 0.1 hours to 15 hours. Overtime work was most common in the electricity and natural gas supply sectors, with 58.6% of respondents in those sectors working overtime, followed by workers in the public administration and national defence/compulsory social insurance sectors with 54.8%.


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