South Korea trails behind in women employment

The country was one out of seven other member countries with employment rates of women staying under 60%, according to the OECD.
By: | September 30, 2021

The employment rate for women in South Korea registered 57.5% in the second quarter of the year, ranking it 27th place out of 33 member countries, show OECD data.

The country was one out of seven other countries with employment rates of women staying under 60%. The figure for the employment rate for women was calculated as the portion of those employed among the female working-age population, aged 15-64.

South Korea lagged behind its Asia Pacific neighbours, with Japan registering 71.3% for its women employment rate, Australia recording 71.7%, and New Zealand posting 73.5%.

The top countries with the highest women employment rate were the Netherlands, coming in 1st place at 77.7%, followed by Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, the UK and Finland.

South Korea’s employment rate for men also fell behind its Asia Pacific neighbours, like Japan — which topped the list — and New Zealand. 

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For male employment, the country ranked 18th among 33 member countries, at 75.1%. Compared to other countries, Japan came in first place at 84%, New Zealand ranked fifth, at 81.9%, and Australia in eighth place, at 79%.