Record Numbers Scramble for Low-Level Public Jobs

      July 25, 2013 11:19

      A record 200,000 people have signed up for the civil service exam for the lowest-ranking government positions this year, reflecting the tough job market.

      The Ministry of Security and Public Administration on Wednesday said 100,749 men and 103,949 women signed up to take the entry-level civil service exam this Saturday for just 2,738 positions, a competition ratio of 74.8:1. It is the largest number of applicants since these entry-level civil servants were first recruited in 1949.

      A growing number of graduates and other young jobseekers have been studying for civil service exams in search of stable employment with a generous pension.

      Last year, 157,159 people applied with a competition ratio of 72.1:1. Even though another 558 entry-level positions are being offered this year, the competition ratio is higher than last year.

      This year, around 300,000 people are graduating from four-year universities in Korea. "So far around 90 percent of the applicants were graduates of four-year universities, but it looks like a lot of high school leavers have applied for the test this year," said a ministry official.

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