Gender inequality still prevalent in South Korea’s workplace

The employment rate for women in South Korea was at 51.2% last year, which was 18.8 percentage points lower than the male employment rate.
By: | September 9, 2022

Gender inequality is still widespread in South Korea’s workplaces, according to data from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

The employment rate among women stood at 51.2% last year, which is 18.8 percentage points lower than the male employment rate. Among all female workers in the country, 47.4% were irregular workers and 22.1% received low income, scoring a proportion higher than their male counterparts in both categories, reports Korea Bizwire.

Female wage workers earned 15,804 won (US$11.41) per hour, which was 69.8% of what men earned. There were also more women benefiting from South Korea’s National Basic Livelihood Security Programme, at 55.4% or 1.26 million women, up by 131,000 people from 2020.

Among newlywed women between 15 and 54 years of age, 3.24 million were unemployed.

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There were 1.45 million women who experienced career interruptions due to marriage, pregnancy or child-rearing, accounting for 17.4% of all married women. Of these, women quit their jobs mostly due to child-rearing (43.2%), followed by marriage (27.4%) and pregnancy/childbirth (22.1%).