Women in their 30s are making up higher numbers in South Korea’s working population, while numbers of men in the same age group are declining.
In the last two years, 84 cases have been filed to the labour ministry regarding prying questions asked during work interviews that violate privacy.
To prevent information leaks resulting from the misuse of ChatGPT, education campaigns have been launched to inform employees of potential risks.
Younger public employees prefer to eat alone and are less receptive to communal lunch gatherings, while senior public employees seek solitude.
Many employees have opposed the Ministry of Employment and Labour's proposal to increase the weekly maximum work hours to 69 hours.
Criticism and doubts have been raised over the feasibility of longer work hours and vacations in a proposal pushing for a new working hour system.
Plans to revise the current 52-hour workweek will afford employees more control over how they manage their working hours.
The new system involves two 12-hours shifts followed by multiple days offs, without adding to employees’ overall working hours.
Job growth in South Korea hit a two-year low in January 2023 with 411,000 jobs added, marking the smallest on-year growth since March 2021.
The diet policy aims to minimise greenhouse gas emissions while using eco-friendly materials in the organisation’s cafeterias.
As South Korea’s population ages and more employees leave the workforce, pension reserves are predicted to deplete by 2055.
Companies spent more than 5 trillion won (US$4.04 billion) on managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives in 2022.
More than 50% of Kakao employees have reportedly joined the Krew Union in response to a mandated return to office this March.
The country is gradually returning to pre-pandemic levels with an addition of 816,000 jobs in 2022, the highest increase recorded in 20 years.
Apart from higher wages to cope with rising inflation, employees in South Korea also want reduced work hours and a better work-life balance.
An unmarried male employee has received a month’s wage and five days of leave, which is equivalent to what newlyweds have been receiving from LG Uplus.
A study suggests husbands should be given more flexibility at work to support their wives in accomplishing their work and family responsibilities.
The CEOs of POSCO Group, KT and Samsung SDI identified strengthening social responsibilities and securing competitiveness as their focus for 2023.
Depending on the state of the pandemic in the country, all employees are required to return to the office starting next March.
Fathers who took parental leave account for 24.1%, up 1.5 percentage points from the previous year, reflecting changes in social norms.
Compared to large organisations, about four in 10 employees working for organisations with less than 300 staff are non-regular workers.
On average, employees in South Korea start to earn more than they spend at age 27, before this turns into a deficit at age 61.
Childcare has been cited as the main reason why married women in the country choose to leave the workforce.
Efforts are ongoing to create employment opportunities for South Korea’s elderly population, which is expected to reach 10 million by 2025.
While work hours have declined over the past decade, employees in the country are still among those in the world who record the most hours at work.
South Korea has the smallest share of parents who go on leave for their children among developed nations, even as the country's workforce continues to shrink.
A corporate tax reduction will improve cash flow that can then be directed to employment and investments, say the lobby groups.
South Korea’s employment and workplace practices need to be more flexible and in line with global standards, said the Federation of Korean Industries.
Job training and reskilling are measures that can be taken to create more employment opportunities in 2023, says business group.
Besides the lack of job vacancies, some South Koreans are taking time to better prepare, which accounts for their inactivity in the job market.