Small businesses in the country have asked for more time to prepare for the 52-hour work week, which is set to be implemented next month.
Workers at chip and electronic companies may be vaccinated to reduce disruptions to the production of computer chips which are in short supply globally.
Those receiving job-seeking benefits totalled 704,000 in May, in line with a downward trend of 759,000 in March, and 739,000 in April.
The government will soon pass a bill that will provide workers with extra days off should a public holiday fall on a weekend.
The Ministry of Employment and Labour said the number of employees hired by local businesses grew 2.1% year-on-year in April.
South Korea’s policymakers have proposed a bill that will guarantee employees’ rights when a company is in a spinoff.
CJ Group was the latest to announce a paid vaccination leave for its employees, who can take two days off to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.
The number of employed workers in South Korea totalled 27.21 million in April, up 652,000 from a year ago.
The number of employed women aged between 25 and 54 fell by 541,000 year-on-year last March, more than the 327,000 for men in the same age group.
The number of individuals who worked less than 36 hours a week reached 5.9 million last month, marking an increase of 836,000, or 16.6% year-on-year.
The decision has to be made before August 5, which is the legal deadline for the Ministry of Employment and Labour to deliver an official notice to the public.
Fathers in their 30s and 40s comprised 74.5% of stay-at-home dads, while those aged 60 and above comprised almost 18%.
In the past 10 years, the wage gap between regular and non-regular workers has increased by 490,000 won (US$438), up 47.6%.
South Korea's labour minister urged employees to be more adaptable to work in a fast-changing and high-tech environment.
Labour activists are calling for more to be done for workers who experience adverse symptoms after receiving their COVID-19 vaccination shots.
The number of women in their 20s who held non-regular jobs rose the fastest, growing by 5.5 percentage points.
The Ministry of Employment and Labour has increased the period which employers can have more flexibility in implementing the 52-hour work week.
The latest revision of the Workplace Harassment Prevention Law (WHPL) fails to protect subcontractors and labourers facing harassment.
Less than half of salaried workers surveyed are willing to be inoculated against the coronavirus, as uncertainty remains over potential side effects.
In February, out of the 1.35 million persons officially unemployed, 999,000 had lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
The labour force participation rate of women peaks between ages 25 and 29, before it plunges in the 30s as women leave work to care for their children.
Seoul and the neighbouring province of Gyeonggi were among the local governments ordering all of its foreign workers to be tested for COVID-19.
The number of people preparing for employment has hit a record high last month in a pandemic-affected labour market.
South Korea’s unemployment allowance payment hit a five-month high in February, surpassing 1 trillion won (US$884 million) again.
Some 63.6% of the largest 500 companies in South Korea surveyed said that they have no plans for recruitment.
The government aims to help small shop owners and firms set up a smart business system to support their transition into contactless operations.
With the extra budget, total government spending would rise to a record 573 trillion won this year, up 11.9% from 2020, the finance ministry said.
Data showed that the average monthly income of South Korean workers increased by 4.1% in 2019 year-on-year due to a rise in minimum wage.
Data from Statistics Korea showed that household incomes from salaries and business operations declined for three consecutive quarters in Q4 2020.
Statistics Korea said the number of temporary and daily jobs for those in their 20s declined 18% in January due to the pandemic.