SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean office workers experience switch jobs 2.5 times on average during their career, a recent report has showed.
Among East Asian countries, in particular, South Koreans had the highest willingness to work abroad.
Global human resource consulting firm PersolKelly Consulting on Wednesday announced the results of its “APAC Workforce Insights” conducted with the participation of a total of 140,000 workers in 14 Asia-Pacific countries.
According to the survey, the average Korean worker had changed jobs 2.5 times, which was lower than in New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Some 26 percent of the South Korean respondents said they had never changed jobs, followed by Japan, China and Vietnam.
In particular, South Korean office workers had the highest percentage of hoping to change jobs at 24 percent due to “industrial and market uncertainties.”
In contrast, workers in most countries chose to change jobs because they were not satisfied with their salary.
What Korean office workers put most importance on when choosing a job was “business size and awareness.” On the other hand, nine out of 14 Asia-Pacific countries cited “getting the desired income.”
Only 9.3 percent of South Korean workers said they want to work in their country instead of going abroad, the lowest among East Asian countries.
The U.S. topped the list of countries South Koreans wanted to work in at 52 percent, followed by Germany with 33 percent and Australia with 31 percent, the data showed. The U.S. topped the list in a total of seven countries.
However, Korean office workers fell pressure working with young bosses, female bosses and foreigners, according to the survey.
In response to the question, “There is no problem working with a younger boss,” the average score was 3.4 points out of 5.
Acceptance for working with female bosses and foreigners was the lowest among East Asian countries after Japan.
D. M. Park (firstname.lastname@example.org)