The Korea Herald


[Monitor] Job market for women greatly improves

By Lee Joo-hee

Published : March 18, 2018 - 15:49

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Over the past three decades, the employment increase rate and the proportion of paid workers who are women increased noticeably to surpass those of men, according to data by the Korea Employment Information Service.

The number of female employees in South Korea that had stood at 6,771,000 in 1988 increased 67.7 percent to 11,356,000 last year. The increase rate for men was 52.2 percent.

The economic activity rate of women also surged from 45.0 percent to 52.1 percent in the same time span. The proportion of women in the work force jumped from 40.1 percent to 42.5 percent.

The pay women receive also rose by 67.8 percent from 2004 to 2017 as of monthly average, compared to 54.9 percent for men.

The report said that such significant improvements in gender employment were driven by legal and structural support, a spread of social consensus for gender equality and a rise in demand by businesses for women workers. (