Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) Government contract workers are now eligible to obtain the same number of paid leave days as civil servants for the purpose of getting married, according to the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration (DGPA).
The new regulation was put in place with effect from Jan. 1 to encourage people to get married and have children, the DGPA said, describing Taiwan's low birth rate as a national security threat.
Under the new regulation, government contract workers can now claim 14 days of marriage leave with full pay, same as civil servants, the DGPA said.
The number of marriage leave days for government contract workers was increased from eight to 14 in accordance with an amendment last year to the Regulations on Special Leave for Employees of the Executive Yuan and Subordinated Agencies, according to the DGPA.
Last December, Premier Lai Ching-te (???) said his Cabinet was rolling out a set of measures to boost Taiwan's low fertility and birth rates.
The annual number of new births in Taiwan dropped from 414,069 in 1981 to 193,844 in 2017, data from the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics shows.
Taiwan's total fertility rate is ranked as the third lowest in the world at 1.13, slightly above Macau and Singapore's at 0.95 and 0.83, respectively, according to the World Factbook, which is produced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
Source: Fucus Taiwan