Taiwan’s Council of Labor Affairs (CLA) plans to expand the direct hiring of foreign workers and allow employers that hire foreigners for the first time to do so directly. This will save brokerage fees for employer and employee alike and facilitate improvement of the salary structure for foreign workers (while leaving their salaries subject to Taiwan’s minimum wage), thereby helping out with employers’ operating costs.
The CLA notes that the Direct Hiring Service Center, which the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training set up in 2007, provides free help for employers who want to re-hire their original workers. In the future, this service will be expanded to first-time hiring through the online matchmaking system. The CLA goes on to explain that the board and lodging fees currently approved by countries that supply foreign workers are mostly lower than the actual board and lodging cost to employers, and that the difference is absorbed by the employers. The implementation of across-the-board direct hiring will maintain the minimum wage for foreign workers at its present level while reducing brokerage fees, making it easier for employers to lower their operating costs by persuading source countries to allow the deduction of more food and lodging costs from salaries.