I’m told that to bring in a foreign worker and get them an ARC, they must be paid a minimum of NT$48,000 a month.
So this would calculate out to NT$576,000/year or about US$18K/year.
My interpretation is that this is not so much to protect the foreigner as to protect the local labor market.
Further, there are only dozen specific job categories for foreigners.
Moving down the spectrum, I’m told that local clerks have no real minimum wage and typically earn NT$80 an hour.
And this is only in Taipei where you have to pay extra I am told. This is about NT$160,000/year or about US$5K a year.
Am I told correctly? Its cheap to live here, but those numbers seem quite low.