Xinhua News Agency, Taipei, May 11 (Reporters Fu Shuangqi, Wu Jihai) Data released by the Taiwanese statistics department on the 11th shows that the recurring salary of all employees in Taiwan in March was 42,300 yuan (TWD, the same below), compared with Monthly reduction of 0.01%. For the first time in 40 years, the salary in March has declined month-on-month.

  According to statistics, plus the non-recurring salary such as bonuses and overtime pay, the total salary of all employees in March was an average of 47,800 yuan, which was also a decrease of 3.65% from the previous month. Since the number of working days in March is more than in February, the salary level usually shows a monthly increase, but in March this year, a monthly decrease is rare.

  In addition, although the recurring salary in March increased by 1.56% compared with the same period last year, the increase was the lowest since May 2017.

  The statistics department said that the new coronary pneumonia epidemic began to heat up in February, and the scope of impact in March continued to expand. Some industries and companies began to allow employees to take unpaid leave to control costs, which will indeed affect salary performance.

  The epidemic also affected the employment of Taiwanese companies. Statistics show that the total number of employees in Taiwan in March was 7.961 million, a decrease of 0.24% from February; the total number of employees in January to March was 7.978 million, an increase of 0.61% from the same period last year, and the increase was the global financial crisis in 2008. Since the new low.

  Among them, accommodation, catering, air transportation, travel and related service industries, salaries and the number of employees have all suffered severe losses. The number of employees employed in the accommodation and catering industry in March decreased by 3.62% compared with the previous month, and the monthly recurring salary decreased by 1.62%, of which the restaurant industry was the most affected; %.

  The statistics department said that as the epidemic continues to burn, labor market indicators, including salary levels and the number of employees, may continue to be more significantly affected in April.