The History of Enacting and Adjusting the Minimum Wage Policy

  • Last Modify Date:2018-10-22

Our government ratified the “Convention concerning the Creation of Minimum Wage-Fixing Machinery” issued by the International Labour Organization in 1930.

  1. The National Government enacted the “Minimum Wage Act” on December 23, 1936, which prescribed that adult wages must maintain the standard of living necessary for oneself and two other family members who were incapable of self-support. However, it could not be implemented because of the break out of the “War of Resistance and Counterinsurgency”. After the National Government retreated to Taiwan, the Act was still not implemented because the wage standard set was too high for industries that were in their startup stages. This act was abolished by Presidential Decree on December 3, 1986.
  2. At the KMT convention held in November 1955, the President instructed that the government must raise the wages of those whose income was less than 300 dollars per month.
  3. Minimum wage was initially set at 300 dollars per month (in New Taiwan Dollars, similarly hereinafter) in early 1956.
  4. Minimum wage was adjusted to 450 dollars per month in 1964.
  5. The “Provisional Measures on the Minimum Wage” was enacted on March 16, 1968, in which the minimum wage was adjusted to 600 dollars per month, or 20 dollars per day.
  6. An amended measure was promulgated on November 29, 1978; it took effect on December 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 2,400 dollars per month, or 80 dollars per day.
  7. An amended measure was promulgated on April 29, 1980; it took effect on May 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 3,300 dollars per month, or 110 dollars per day.
  8. An amended measure was promulgated on April 29, 1983; it took effect on May 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 5,700 dollars per month, or 190 dollars per day.
  9. An amended measure was promulgated on June 14, 1984; it took effect on July 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 6,150 dollars per month, or 205 dollars per day.
  10. An amended measure was promulgated on October 27, 1986; it took effect on November 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 6,900 dollars per month, or 230 dollars per day.
  11. An amended measure was promulgated on June 28, 1988; it took effect on July 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 8,130 dollars per month, or 271 dollars per day.
  12. An amended measure was promulgated on June 26, 1989; it took effect on July 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 8,820 dollars per month, or 294 dollars per day.
  13. An amended measure was promulgated on July 25, 1990; it took effect on August 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 9,750 dollars per month, or 325 dollars per day.
  14. An amended measure was promulgated on August 1, 1991; it took effect on August 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 11,040 dollars per month, or 368 dollars per day.
  15. An amended measure was promulgated on August 13, 1992; it took effect on August 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 12,365 dollars per month, or 412 dollars per day, or 51.5 dollars per hour.
  16. An amended measure was promulgated on August 13, 1993; it took effect on August 16, adjusting the minimum wage to 13,350 dollars per month, or 445 dollars per day, or 55.5 dollars per hour.
  17. An amended measure was promulgated on August 19, 1994; it took effect on August 20, adjusting the minimum wage to 14,010 dollars per month, or 467 dollars per day, or 58.5 dollars per hour.
  18. An amended measure was promulgated on July 17, 1995; it took effect on August 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 14,880 dollars per month, or 496 dollars per day, or 62 dollars per hour.
  19. An amended measure was promulgated on August 31, 1996; it took effect on September 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 15,360 dollars per month, or 512 dollars per day, or 64 dollars per hour.
  20. An amended measure was promulgated on October 16, 1997; it took effect on October 16, adjusting the minimum wage to 15,840 dollars per month, or 528 dollars per day, or 66 dollars per hour.
  21. An amended measure was promulgated on June 22, 2007; it took effect on July 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 17,280 dollars per month, or 95 dollars per hour.
  22. An amended measure was promulgated on September 29, 2010; it took effect on January 1, 2011, adjusting the minimum wage to 17,880 dollars per month, or 98 dollars per hour.
  23. An amended measure was promulgated on September 6, 2011; it took effect on January 1, 2012, adjusting the minimum wage to 18,780 dollars per month, or 103 dollars per hour.
  24. An amended measure was promulgated on October 16, 2012; it took effect on January 1, 2013, adjusting the minimum wage to 109 dollars per hour.
  25. An amended measure was promulgated on April 2, 2013; it took effect on April 1, adjusting the minimum wage to 19,047 dollars per month.
  26. An amended measure was promulgated on October 3, 2013; it took effect on January 1, 2014, adjusting the minimum wage to 115 dollars per hour.
  27. An amended measure was promulgated on October 3, 2013; it took effect on July 1, 2014, adjusting the minimum wage to 19,273 dollars per month.
  28. An amended measure was promulgated on September 15, 2014; it took effect on July 1, 2015, adjusting the minimum wage to 20,008 dollars per month, or 120 dollars per hour.
  29. An amended measure was promulgated on September 19, 2016; it took effect on October 1, 2016, adjusting the minimum wage to 126 dollars per hour.
  30. An amended measure was promulgated on September 19, 2016; it took effect on January 1, 2017, adjusting the minimum wage to 21,009 dollars per month, or 133 dollars per hour.
  31. An amended measure was promulgated on September 6, 2017; it took effect on January 1, 2018, adjusting the minimum wage to 22,000 dollars per month, or 140 dollars per hour.
  32. An amended measure was promulgated on September 5, 2018; it took effect on January 1, 2019, adjusting the minimum wage to 23,100 dollars per month, or 150 dollars per hour.
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  • Publish Date:2016-07-29
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