Policy on Temps: Korean Government to Reduce the Number of Non-regular Workers | BusinessKorea

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The new administration of Korea is going to strengthen its anti-discrimination measures for temps.
The new administration of Korea is going to strengthen its anti-discrimination measures for temps.
SEOUL,KOREA
15 May 2017 - 11:45am
Jung Suk-yee

The South Korean government is planning to raise the average wage of non-regular employees of private companies to up to 75% of that of regular employees of the same companies by 2022.

“We are currently examining various ways to do so and we are expecting that the number of temporary workers in those companies will decline once the firms find it unattractive to use temps with their wages raised,” the government explained. The government’s idea is to deal with the temp issue by raising their wages in that it cannot force private companies to convert temporary workers to permanent employees unlike in government agencies. The average wage of temps in South Korea has remained at 62% to 65% of that of regular employees since 2012.

The government is going to strengthen its anti-discrimination measures for temps, too. The measures based on remedy via the National Labor Relations Commission have been adopted 10 years ago, but the number of petitions has been limited to about 100 a year due to various structural and practical limitations. At the same time, the government is planning to limit the use of temps, expand the coverage of social insurance and enact a law against discrimination against temporary workers to the same end.

In addition, the government is going to reduce the ratio of workers that have become temps against their will. Specifically, it is aiming to reduce the number from 2,638,000 to 1,980,000 between this year and 2022.

 

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