SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Two out of five South Koreans in their 20s and 30s said they wouldn’t mind working as a part-timer.
Job Korea and Albamon, South Korea’s top two job search portals, conducted a survey on 1,200 people born between 1982 and 2000, asking them about their preference for full-time or part-time jobs.
Only 59.4 percent of the respondents said that a full-time job was a must.
Another 36.7 percent said they wouldn’t mind working in a part-time position, while 3.9 percent said they preferred employment as a freelancer or a contract worker.
Queried on the major points of consideration when applying for a job, 28 percent pointed to the type of work, followed by annual wage (27.9 percent). Only 13.4 percent said they needed to consider if the job was full-time.
With the declining job market, many South Koreans are increasingly looking for ways to do what they like, to frequently change jobs, and to earn just enough money to live out each day.
South Korean job seekers preferred to work in small to medium-sized firms instead of fighting for over-competitive positions in large corporations.
Among the respondents, 28.9 percent said they would like to work in small to medium-sized companies with 100 to 300 employees, followed by companies with 300 to 500 employees (24.6 percent), and firms with 50 to 100 employees (20.1 percent).
Only 10.2 percent said they wanted to work in corporations with over 1,000 employees.
“Young job seekers tend to focus on work-life balance, and small and medium-sized companies are better suited to accompany their lifestyle,” said a source from Job Korea.
Most female job seekers preferred to work in the service sector (17.3 percent), while men typically wanted to work in professional sectors (14.8 percent).
Sales and manufacturing positions turned out to be the least popular for both male and female job seekers.
H. M. Kang (firstname.lastname@example.org)