Major Businesses to Hire Fewer New Grads

Major Korean companies are expected to slightly scale back their recruitment of new staff in the first half of this year.

Samsung Group said on Thursday it plans to hire 4,000 to 5,000 college graduates this year, about the same as last year's 4,500. LG Group, which employed 2,500 new recruits in the first half of 2013, will hire 1,500 to 2,000 people in the same period of this year.

SK Group plans to add 400 to 500 employees, a slight decrease from last year's 500. Hyundai Heavy Industries will reduce the number of new college grads to 150, down from 350 that it employed last year.

"Sixteen of the nation's 30 conglomerates plan to recruit new employees in the first half of this year, and 11 of them will hire a total of 14,335 people. This is a 1.1-percent decrease from last year's 14,490," said job portal JobKorea.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 28, 2014 10:48 KST