Chatting with the wife about one of her friends in Taipei. her salary is stuck at 30k level (biz uni grad).
The last place she worked asked her to get an expensive laptop (they wouldn’t pay for it) and then they fired her after three months or so.
The husband retired from the army early, got a small pension and does some kind of IT programming work . He was also stuck around 30k, he finally passed the govt exams and got a job at a public admin center so has 'made it`. He gets paid about the same and also has to do overtime even working weekends sometimes. But job is guaranteed until retirement and then gets another pension