July 28, 2015 08:19
Young workers are finding it increasingly difficult to find full-time jobs as they eke out livings as temporary workers.
The Chosun Ilbo and the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training found that three out of 10 young people who enter the workforce as temps are still unable to get permanent employment 10 years later.
The study was conducted by tracking 920 out of 4,000 people who graduated from high school in 2004 and turned 30 this year.
Some 262 out of the 920 high school graduates or 28.5 percent entered the workforce as temps. Among them, 69 or 26.3 percent were still employed as temporary workers as of 2014.
Out of 658 high school graduates who entered the workforce as permanent staff, 61 or 9.3 percent are now working as temps.
The institute said there are more people who started off as temps but gained permanent employment (193), but the figures show it is difficult to gain full-time employment if they start off as temps.
This hardship and discrimination at work are slightly more evident in women with 30.1 percent than men with 22.2 percent.
When temps did find permanent positions, people who majored in engineering or medicine were far more likely to do so than those who majored in other subjects.
The proportion of workers transferring from temporary to permanent positions stood at 84 percent for graduates of vocational colleges, 75 percent for high school graduates and just 67 percent for four-year university graduates.
Shin Dong-joon at KRIVET said, "This shows that a high level of education does not always lead to permanent employment. It may not be the wisest decision to insist on graduating from a four-year university."
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