More jobs are expected to be made available to Aborigines after the Executive Yuan passed amendments to the law protecting indigenous people's work rights, the Council of Indigenous Peoples said yesterday.
The amendments -- now pending approval in the legislature -- stipulate that number of job slots for Aborigines in public offices and public schools would be increased by 6 percent.
The amendments also state that one out of every 150 staff members of private schools, groups and private enterprises should be of Aboriginal descent.
Although private contractors who win government construction contracts are required to hire Aborigines, the implementation of the regulation is controversial and has not been strictly observed.
There are around 460,000 Aborigines in the country. The unemployment rate among Aboriginals was 4.36 percent last year, compared with 3.86 percent for non-Aboriginals, according to tallies compiled by the council.