Record Numbers of Graduates in Temporary Jobs

  • By Kim Choong-ryung

    November 02, 2021 12:19

    More than 2.8 million university graduates are working in temporary jobs, the most since records began.

    Statistics Korea on Monday said 2.84 million graduates had only temporary jobs as of August of this year, up 12.7 percent on-year and accounting for 35.2 percent of all 8.07 million temporary workers in the country.

    Some 71.2 percent were on limited contracts, many in part-time jobs created by the government with taxpayers' money.

    Statistics also show that more young people in their 20s and 30s have difficulty finding permanent jobs.

    A total of 2.43 million people in those age groups worked in temporary jobs as of August, an increase of 250,000 from a year earlier. They accounted for 30.1 percent of all temporary workers.

    The quality of jobs available for young people also deteriorated.

    According to the National Assembly Budget Office, the number of temporary jobs with contracts of less than a year has increased by 10,000 by the third quarter of this year compared to two years earlier, while the number with longer-term contracts shrank by 46,000. 

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