SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of breadwinners from each household working secondary jobs reached a new high this year, data showed Tuesday.
The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) reported that there were 368,000 heads of households with secondary jobs in the first three quarters of this year, accounting for 67.3 percent of all secondary job holders.
In 2017, an average of 411,000 people held secondary jobs between the first and third quarters, and an average of 261,000 people were heads of households with secondary jobs.
This year, the numbers have grown by 33.1 percent and 41 percent, respectively.
The proportion of heads of households among all secondary job holders rose from 63.5 percent in 2017 to 67.3 percent this year.
Ever since the 52-hour workweek was introduced in 2018, people have spent fewer hours working at their primary jobs, enabling them to take secondary jobs and secure more income, the FKI said.
Over the past five years, the number of secondary job holders in their 20s and 30s between the first and third annual quarters jumped from 78,000 in 2017 to 107,000 in 2022, up by 37.2 percent.
Among those in their 60s, the number of secondary job holders grew from 76,000 to 129,000 people, an increase of 69.7 percent.
At 62.9 percent, close to two thirds of secondary job holders worked in public health and social welfare services, while 40 percent worked in the construction industry and 24.5 percent worked in retail.
H. M. Kang (firstname.lastname@example.org)