On pay: It’s certainly true that local companies pay less than in the US or UK. On the other hand, our salaries. meager as they are, are much higher than what most locals get. Your average Taiwanese engineer or marketing person is probably getting 40~50K/month. College graduates with no experience are lucky to get 30K/month. I think quite a few foreigners in similar positions are getting 70~80K–almost twice the local salary. Also, keep in mind that taxes are much lower as is your cost of living if you choose not to live the Tianmu lifestyle. Now if you are not getting paid on a 14 month salary (the norm in Taiwan) then you are getting shortchanged since this is an unwritten standard. Personnel managers and less senior executives are making decisions about pay based on the prevailing norms in Taiwan. They know very little about pay scales outside Taiwan. I’m not trying to justify this in anyway–I’m just trying to explain how your Taiwanese colleagues see things.
On work permits. Getting work permits requires a lot of experience in dealing with the various government agencies who issue them. You also need to know which categories of work permit are easy to get and which ones are difficult to get and have experience in “presenting” the supporting documentation correctly. The HR departments at most companies have no idea how to go about it, so many foreigners are told that they can’t get a work permit by local companies. This situation is not helped by the fact that the internal rules for issuing work permits change all the time. Foreign companies pay $$$ to law firms and head hunting firms that know how to do this. Most local firms have no budget for this and,understandably, find the whole process too
mafan or troublesome,