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Income Gap Between Employees at Small and Large-sized Companies Growing

Income Gap Between Employees at Small and Large-sized Companies Growing

SEOUL, Apr. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study has revealed that employees of large-sized companies in South Korea make three times as much as workers at small companies with fewer than four staff members, and that the income gap has widened over the last five years. In contrast, Japan has been making efforts to [...]

South Korea’s Income Gap is Worsening

South Korea’s Income Gap is Worsening

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The polarization of the South Korean economy has been accelerating ever since the country was stricken by the so-called IMF Crisis in 1997, which led to the introduction of neoliberal policies. The income gap among households has further widened over the last 20 years and is now ranked as [...]

S. Korea’s Income Gap Hits Record High in Q4

S. Korea’s Income Gap Hits Record High in Q4

SEJONG, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s household income inequality hit a record high in the fourth quarter of 2018, government data showed Thursday. An average household earned 4.6 million won (US$4,000) per month in the October-December period, up 3.6 percent from the previous year, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea. The [...]

Income Gap Reaches New 10-Year High

Income Gap Reaches New 10-Year High

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The nominal income of South Koreans belonging to the lower 40 percent of income earners in the second quarter of the year indicated the worst-ever drop recorded in the nation’s history when considering all previous second quarter data. Meanwhile, the nominal income belonging to the top 20 percent of [...]

Income Gap Makes Recruiting Young Workers Difficult for SMEs

Income Gap Makes Recruiting Young Workers Difficult for SMEs

SEJONG, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Young South Korean workers are avoiding small and medium-sized enterprises in fear of the long-term negative impact on their career and income, a new study has revealed. The report released by the Korea Development Institute (KDI) on Tuesday showed a worker’s first job has a significant impact on their career [...]

Korea’s Income Redistribution Policy Weakest among OECD Countries

Korea’s Income Redistribution Policy Weakest among OECD Countries

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Korea’s effect of taxes and social spending on poverty reduction turned out smallest among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member nations. According to the 2014 Household Finance and Welfare Survey released on November 26, Korea’s poverty rate in 2013 was 18.9 percent in terms of market income and 16.4 percent in [...]