What are the working conditions like in South Korea?Overall, working conditions and compensation packages are heading in the right direction for South Korean employees. The average salary level has increased over the years while the amount of working days decreased. Additionally, the startup scene in Korea was doing well in recent years, with South Korea being labeled as an innovation-driven economy.
Nevertheless, there were still certain facets of employment in South Korea that could be improved. Even with the continued increase in labor productivity, South Korean employees’ productivity was lower than that of other developed economies in the world. Working long hours was commonplace in South Korea, driven by the undercurrent of social hierarchy in the workplace.
Trade unions were a polarizing subject, being widely regarded as organizations that were involved in political matters to an unnecessary degree. As such, union membership rates were low in South Korea. Even so, more and more employees were registering into trade unions; it remains to be seen how labor unions will further impact working conditions in South Korea.