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Taiwan ranked 13th for expatriate pay in Asia-Pacific area

SIX-PERCENT FALL:The average annual pay for a middle management role was US$221,000, while in Japan it was US$329,000 and in China US$290,000

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan dropped one notch to 13th in the latest rankings of expatriate pay packages in the Asia-Pacific, consultancy firm ECA International said.

Expatriate pay packages for Taiwan dropped 6 percent over the past 12 months, with an average total expatriate pay package for middle managers of about US$221,000 per year, the survey found.

The data showed that expatriate pay packages in Taiwan have continued to slip over the past four years, dropping to 13th from 10th in 2012.

In contrast, China placed second, behind Japan.

Following Japan and China in the rankings were India, Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and New Zealand, with Sri Lanka 14th, Pakistan 15th and Malaysia 16th.

Expatriate packages are lower in Taiwan than in some of the region’s other economies largely because of lower prices for rent and international schooling, ECA International regional director for Asia Lee Quane said.

In Japan, expatriate pay packages averaged US$329,000 per year for middle managers, down from last year’s US$375,000 mainly because of the sharp depreciation of the yen against the US dollar, the survey said.

China averaged US$290,000 per year for middle managers, up 5 percent from last year, it said. China recorded the largest increase in the region this year.

Malaysia was down two notches from last year, averaging US$176,000 per year.

More than 320 companies took part in the survey covering 170 countries and more than 10,000 international assignees, ECA said.

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