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Firms have improved sex equality since 2002: poll

Staff writer, with CNA

Since a law to protect gender equality in the workplace was implemented in 2002, companies have taken various measures to promote equality of the sexes, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Labor.

The ratio of companies meeting the overall requirements of the Gender Equality in Employment Act (性別工作平等法) exceeds 90 percent, the survey showed.

More than 90 percent of the employees polled said they have not been treated unfairly in the workplace based on their gender, with only 5.2 percent of female respondents saying they are not treated equally in terms of salary increases, and 1.9 percent of male respondents saying they are not treated equally in terms of their job assignments, the survey showed.

The survey found that more than 90 percent of the companies said they do not consider gender when attending to day-to-day business.

However, companies consider gender relevant to issues such as job assignments (27.9 percent) and salary standards (9.3 percent), the survey showed.

Nearly 95 percent of the female respondents said they have not been treated unfairly as a result of pregnancy, with only 5.2 percent saying they have been treated unfairly, mainly in terms of having difficulty taking leave.

The survey found that the ratio of respondents who would return to work after having a baby was 97.3 percent.

Seventy-nine of the surveyed firms with more than 250 workers last year provided nursery services, which was an increase of 42.8 percentage points from 2002.

The number of workers who took parental leave without pay also increased significantly to 79.4 percent last year from 38.9 percent in 2002, the survey showed.

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