More Korean Workers Opt for Part-Time Jobs

      January 16, 2017 11:57

      More and more workers are choosing to work fewer hours so they have time to develop their own skills, a survey suggests.

      The survey released on Sunday by the Korea Employment Information Service found that some 45.1 percent of new workers who signed up for flexible three- to six-hour days last year decided to work part-time because they want time for self-improvement.

      The figure is up 5.2 percentage points from the previous year.

      Some 27 percent deliberately changed their full-time contracts to work fewer hours in 2016, compared to 17.5 percent in 2015.

      The survey was conducted in October and November of last year on 311 human resources staff and 600 employees of companies that have signed up for the program.

      Korea introduced the program in 2014 to boost flexibility in the labor market, and since then 5,200 businesses and 13,000 workers have signed up.

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