Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

Towards Better Social and Employment Security in Korea

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Published on March 14, 2018


This report on Korea is the fourth country study published in a series of reports looking into how policies connect people with jobs, following reports on Australia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. It has a special focus on low-income groups, jobseekers and workers, and policies geared towards closing the considerable gaps these groups are facing around income and employment support. In the past forty years, Korea has gone through a remarkable economic transformation and in the past two decades, the country has also put in place a comprehensive social protection system and a strong activation framework. Nevertheless, features of Korea’s labour market, which include very low job tenure, a high degree of duality and a high level of informality, make it difficult for some measures to reach workers and jobseekers. This report concludes that significant additional action will be needed to make income and employment supports more effective and inclusive.




Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Korea's economic and labour market situation
Strengths, gaps and weaknesses in Korea's income and employment support measures
Peer-learning for bolder social protection in Korea
Policy solutions for a broader and fairer safety net in Korea
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Key chart: Korea's diverse labour market impacts job quality, earnings and social protection coverage. (Figure 1)

Key chart: Despite recent improvements, employment insurance coverage in Korea remains significantly low for workers in smaller firms and, in particular, non-regular workers. (Figure 2)

Key chart: Korea's current social protection measures leave out significant groups of the population. Gaps could be reduced through various methods. (Figure 3)