SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) – According to a recent survey, Korean job seekers consider “proximity” as the most important factor when choosing a job, rather than salary or field of work.
Flea Market Korea, an online job search portal, and Gallup Korea conducted the survey interviewing 500 job seekers in their 20s to 60s who currently live in Seoul and Gyeongi Province. To a question, “Which factor do you consider to be most important when choosing a job?,” 35.2 percent of the respondents answered “proximity.”
“Salary” was the next most answered, “field of work” (16.8%), “job description” (11.2%), “working hours” (8%), “perks” (5.7%), and “work experience” (3.7%) followed afterward.
When the survey results were examined by gender, a more number of female respondents answered “proximity” than male respondents did, with 38.0 percent of women and 32.4 percent of men answering as so. The results also showed the younger the respondent group the more they valued “proximity.”
There used to be a lot of employees who were willing to commute a long distance or relocate to get a job, but the survey shows there seems to be an increase in young job seekers who do not want to risk changing their life patterns or give up high expenditures on transportation in choosing their job.
A higher proportion of male respondents (24.4%) selected “salary” than that of the female respondents (14.4%). On the other hand, a more number of female respondents chose “working hours” and “perks” than men.
Such results show that men, who supposedly carry relatively larger financial burden than women in Korea, consider wage level more important than women does, and women attach significance to higher perks and fewer working hours over salary when choosing their professions.
Written by J. H. Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)