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S. Korea Raises Foreign Worker Quota by 10,000 to Ease Labor Shortage

S. Korea Raises Foreign Worker Quota by 10,000 to Ease Labor Shortage

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea decided Wednesday to increase the quota of foreign workers with non-professional employment visas for this year by 10,000 to alleviate pandemic-induced labor shortages in shipbuilding and other major industries, officials said. The government committee on foreign workforce policy finalized the plan to issue the E-9 visa to [...]

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 [...]

S. Korean Farmers Struggle from Labor Shortage as Pandemic Disrupts Migrant Work System

S. Korean Farmers Struggle from Labor Shortage as Pandemic Disrupts Migrant Work System

ANSEONG, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Koh Jin-taek is proud of having built a small but stable farming business in Anseong, 77 kilometers south of Seoul, over the past two decades producing primarily lettuce, chicory and other types of leafy vegetables. He currently owns 44 vinyl greenhouses and had supplied nearly 10,000 kilograms of produce [...]

Seoul to Temporarily Ease Rules on Foreign Seasonal Workers

Seoul to Temporarily Ease Rules on Foreign Seasonal Workers

SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will temporarily ease rules on the employment of foreign seasonal workers in the agriculture and fisheries sectors to cope with the labor shortage aggravated by the prolonged coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Justice said Monday. Under the temporary deregulatory measure, foreigners who are staying here without a [...]

S. Korea Seeks to Extend Foreign Workers’ Stay Permits to Cope with Seasonal Labor Shortage

S. Korea Seeks to Extend Foreign Workers’ Stay Permits to Cope with Seasonal Labor Shortage

SEOUL, July 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will push to extend stay permits for foreign migrant workers who cannot return home due to the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to relieve seasonal labor shortages in farming and other areas, a government agency said Wednesday. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said that it [...]

Electronics Industry Struggling to Overcome Labor Shortage

Electronics Industry Struggling to Overcome Labor Shortage

SEOUL, Aug. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s electronics industry, including semiconductor manufacturers, has been struggling with a shortage of workers, an industry report showed on Tuesday. The findings, released by the Korea Electronics Association, a business lobby group, raised alarm bells for the future of the industry that accounts for about 33 percent of [...]