09/09/2006, 00.00
SOUTH KOREA
Send to a friend

Seoul: New employment system favours part-timers

by Theresa Kim Hwa-young

The government is seeking to rein in the country's low birth rate by offering incentives to mothers and part-timers . Grants will be provided for businesses who take up the plan.

Seoul (AsiaNews) –Workers at South Korean firms with less than five employees will be able to receive retirement allowances when they quit their jobs, starting from 2008. To date, small companies have not been obliged to pay such allowances.

This is one of a series of new measures launched by Seoul to enhance the rights and working conditions of non-regular workers, announced by Prime Minister Han Myung-sook. The government will also allow employees to work part-time under certain conditions such as health problems, child-rearing needs and postgraduate education requirements.

"The new measures will help prevent an increase of irregular workers by allowing employees to reduce their working hours for various reasons," said Kim In-kon, a labour ministry official.

The government will introduce reduced working hours for parents of children aged three or younger. "In this way, we expect to help many working mothers whose careers usually come to an abrupt halt due to pregnancy,'' said Kim. "Working as part-timers without any disadvantage, they will be able to raise their children.''

Seoul plans to provide employers with financial support or tax benefits to encourage a more flexible employment system.

In some cases, the system will be operational already by the coming May. To solve irregularities and problems stemming from complicated contracts, the government has announced it will step fiscal and legal monitoring of subcontracting companies.

Send to a friend
Printable version
CLOSE X
See also
Tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang rise as Cold War fears cast a shadow over Korea
12/02/2016 15:14
Church leads the way in helping Vietnam cope with its educational emergency
11/03/2016 17:00
Catholic music to promote dialogue in Ambon, the city of sectarian violence
17/10/2018 13:29
China continues to deny justice to those who fight for human rights
28/11/2006
For Fr Tom, abducted in Yemen, Holy Thursday prayer and adoration for the martyrs
21/03/2016 14:57


Newsletter

Subscribe to Asia News updates or change your preferences

Subscribe now
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”