Do not compare Taiwan to Bangladesh. Taiwan is asian tiger, has TSMC and many other great companies. Taiwan grow 30 years with 10 % yearly, than economy slows down and here we go with another 30 years in china. We do not know how much money people have off the book. They run illegal factories for years. On both side of cross. They run illegal restaurants, illegal buxibans. I mean people made tone of money off the books. This money shows in no statistics.
Wit benefits like bonuses, median monthly income is def over 40k, specially in north taiwan. Keep it mind this is disposable income, ready to spent. No utilities, sometimes no food cost, cause they live at moma or grandma hotel. In west, 50 % of your salary goes straight way for renting and food. And you can be happy when is just 50 %, like really happy.
Next to all ordinary people, you have many with side income, side small business, and than you have professional business people. In economy like taiwan, you can not point out “oh look salaries are low”. Many engineers will get bonuses equal to their salary check. Who knows how many coupouns they get for hotels restaurants.
Am not saying people should move, but they should adjust. There is enough money in taiwan, and people can often go irrational, when it comes to face.There is demamd outhere. Is not that hard to make over 30k with small extra work next to main job. Or with small business. Not saying everyone should have professional business.Far from it
I paid wife colleague, semi professional photographer 8k for session at our marriage. He just took photos, i paid someone else for recording. He did good job, i like it so much i invited him for nice dinner. 8k is great for 8 hours of work.
I have few taiwanese friends, teaching english, first they started with 200, 300 and climb up to 600 twd
I know a girl charging 2k for group aerobics session. Less than 2 hours work. She is very likable and know how to sell herself. Has so much calls, can not keep up with demand.
I mean those skills are not that hard to get.
I really do not know why everyone wanna do a restaurant business.