SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — As the issue of family members being “passed down” positions at public enterprises continues to strike controversy within society, nearly 100 relatives of current employees at the Korea Racing Authority were found to have been hired as full-time employees, a step up from their previous temporary positions.
According to data submitted by the Korea Racing Authority to Rep. Kyeong Dae-soo of the Liberty Korea Party, 98 employees out of the total 5,519 employees who were able to convert from temporary positions to full-fledged permanent posts were relatives of current employees at the Korea Racing Authority.
The 98 employees were all categorized under “horse racing support position” with tasks such as issuing of tickets on days horse races are held.
The relationships between the newly converted employees and existing personnel were diverse with most (49 people) being spouses of existing employees. Another 35 people were children of employees.
According to an explanation from the Korea Racing Authority, the recruitment process is “blind,” and it is fair. “It is not possible to sift out certain individuals,” according to a statement.
The interviews are also held in groups which makes it impossible to figure out personal or family relationships, said the Korea Racing Authority, which denied all allegations of hiring impropriety.
H. S. Seo (firstname.lastname@example.org)