One in every five part-timer still paid less than minimum wage in Korea

2019.01.25 14:12:10

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More than one out of five part-timers in Korea are paid below the minimum wage, a survey showed.

A survey on 5,654 precarious workers found they earned an average 8,590 per hour ($7.63) last year, slightly above the statutory minimum wage of 8.350 won in 2018. Of them, 21.2 percent did not get that much, said Albamon, a job site devoted to part-time work.

The other 32.1 percent were paid above the minimum wage and 46.7 percent on the dot.

Work in education field paid most - 9,712 won per hour, followed by general offices (8,668 won), factories (8,642 won), and sales-related (8,459 won). Convenient stores and PC cafes paid most meagerly - 8,192 won.

Under President Moon Jae-in’s campaign to achieve a 10,000 won minimum wage within his first three years in office, the Korean government raised the hourly minimum wage by 16.4 percent at the beginning of 2018 and another 10.9 percent starting this month.

By Hwang Soon-min and Lee Ha-yeon

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