Many jobseekers decided not to take up the jobs they found in the first half of the year, a straw poll by job portal Incruit suggests.
In the poll of 610 people who applied for jobs in the first six months of the year, 60 percent either did not turn up for work after they were notified of their recruitment or left their new jobs soon after.
That was mostly a problem for small firms, where 78.7 percent of new recruits either did not turn up or quit immediately. Next were mid-sized companies (21 percent), large firms (9.8 percent), public corporations (5.7 percent), and foreign companies (4.9 percent).
The largest group, or 32.2 percent, cited the low salary as a reason for giving up on the job. Some 28.4 percent said they did not like working conditions, while 25.4 percent said the duties they were given were not what they had wanted.
But 26.5 percent regretted their decision later.
Incruit head Lee Kwang-suk said the new recruits' decision "will mean lost time and money to both them and businesses. Jobseekers have to gather information on the conditions at different companies as much as possible before applying for jobs."