Of the roughly 360,000 civil servants in Taiwan, Aborigines make up 6,778, with the Atayal tribe topping the list of all Aborigine groups serving in public office, a Ministry of Civil Service report said.
A total of 1,877 Atayals, who originate from the Central Mountain Range -- the geological backbone of Taiwan -- have served as civil servants as of the end of June this year, making them the largest Aboriginal group among government employees (excluding teachers and cleaners.)
The Atayals were closely followed by the Paiwan tribe, with 1,535 serving in the civil service, and next came the Amis, who originate from the eastern coastal area near Hualien, with 1,400, officials from the Ministry of Civil Service said.
The 6,778 Aboriginal civil servants constituted a mere 1.48 percent of the entire population of Taiwan's indigenous people, which numbers roughly 460,000, the ministry officials quoted their latest statistics as indicating.
Of the Aboriginal government employees, 5,390 or 80 percent were male. Of these male employees, 3,802 worked as policemen.
Among the 6,778 Aboriginal government employees, two have doctor's degrees, 48 have master's degrees and 607 are university graduates.
The average age of the Aboriginal civil servants is 39 years, compared with the average age of 42 for all civil servants in Taiwan.
The Aboriginal civil servants served an average 14 years, compared with 16 years for all civil servants in the country.
The number of Aboriginal government employees accounted for 1.89 percent of all the government employees in Taiwan, the officials said.