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Gov’t Increases Foreign Worker Quota to Alleviate Labor Shortage

Gov’t Increases Foreign Worker Quota to Alleviate Labor Shortage

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will increase the quota of foreign workers in five industries to alleviate labor shortages, officials said Monday. The Ministry of Labor and Employment said it will speed up the entry process for immigrant workers, streamline administrative procedures for employers of immigrant workers and strengthen support tailored for [...]

Alarm Bells Ring for Construction Industry as Shortage of Foreign Workers Deepens

Alarm Bells Ring for Construction Industry as Shortage of Foreign Workers Deepens

SEOUL, June 7 (Korea Bizwire) — With the labor shortage on construction sites becoming more severe, South Korea’s construction sector is calling on the government to lift restrictions on the hiring of foreign workers as well as to issue pardons to the companies that were imposed restrictions on hiring. During the period from late last [...]

Justice Ministry Takes Steps to Help Address Shipbuilding Industry’s Worker Shortage

Justice Ministry Takes Steps to Help Address Shipbuilding Industry’s Worker Shortage

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) — As shipbuilding industry is suffering from a manpower shortage amid a deluge of orders, the Ministry of Justice has taken steps to help address the issue, including the simplification of E-7 visa requirements for foreign workers. The E-7 visa was designed to allow foreign workers to be employed in [...]

Higher Number of Foreign Workers Does Not Result in Fewer Jobs for Domestic Employees: Report

Higher Number of Foreign Workers Does Not Result in Fewer Jobs for Domestic Employees: Report

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The increase in the number of foreign workers does not result in domestic employees losing jobs — instead, it promotes the relocation of domestic workers towards duties where communication skills are important, South Korea’s central bank said. The influx of foreign workers can impact not only the employment and wages [...]

Free Online Korean Course to be Offered to Migrant Worker Candidates

Free Online Korean Course to be Offered to Migrant Worker Candidates

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreigners seeking employment in South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS) will be offered access to a free online Korean language course starting next year, a state-run resource development company said Monday. The Human Resources Development Service of Korea said it has forged a partnership with King Sejong [...]

Hwaseong to Offer One-stop Vaccination Service for Undocumented Foreign Workers

Hwaseong to Offer One-stop Vaccination Service for Undocumented Foreign Workers

HWASEONG, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The city of Hwaseong, south of Seoul, announced that it will start offering a one-stop service for unregistered foreign workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Any unregistered foreign worker can visit a nearby COVID-19 testing center to receive a vaccination without having to make a prior reservation. Foreigners over 30 [...]

Rights Watchdog Urges End to ‘Discriminatory’ Coronavirus Testing Requirement for Foreign Workers

Rights Watchdog Urges End to ‘Discriminatory’ Coronavirus Testing Requirement for Foreign Workers

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The state human rights watchdog on Tuesday urged local governments to withdraw their orders for migrant workers to undergo mandatory coronavirus testing, calling it “discriminatory against foreigners.” Some local governments, including Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province, issued such administrative orders earlier this month amid spikes in infections in [...]

Gov’t Moves to Allow Foreign Workers to Land Parcel Sorting Jobs

Gov’t Moves to Allow Foreign Workers to Land Parcel Sorting Jobs

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The government is pushing to revise local immigration laws to allow migrant workers from overseas to land parcel sorting jobs amid growing concerns over the industry’s manpower shortage and notoriously long work hours, officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Justice recently preannounced a revision of an enforcement decree on [...]