Equal Pay Day set for Feb.28 as Taiwan's gender gap closing
Feb. 28 will mark the date that female workers in Taiwan will have earned as much since the start of last year as their male counterparts did through Dec. 31, making this year's Equal Pay Day a sign of the lessening but still noticeable gap in pay between the genders.
The Ministry of Labor set the 2014 date on an estimate that women needed to work an average of 59 days more at their pay rate — 16.1% less than that of their male coworkers.
The figure is better than last year's Equal Pay Day, which came two days later on March 2, which made a total of 61 extra work days for women, and both represent significant improvements over the 2005 date of March 16, which totaled 75 extra work days.
While calling for efforts to close the gap further, the ministry said the numbers indicate women are being increasingly valued in the workplace in Taiwan, where the gender pay gap remains smaller than that of neighboring Japan, at 33.9%, and even the United States, at 17.9%.
The ministry said that Equal Pay Day this year fell on Feb. 21 in Spain, while in the United Kingdom it will fall on March 12, followed by Canada on March 18, Germany on March 21, and France on April 7.