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Oct 13, 2005
Working in South Korea
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Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • 10 working hours per day (Monday to Saturday)
  • sick leave benefit not exceeding 30 days in 1 year
  • Medical examination a day after arrival and special briefing orientation on the country’s laws and culture
  • The trainee visa can be converted into an employment visa after a year and passing a competitive exam
  • Total period of employment should not exceed 3 years.
  • After finishing a 3-year employment contract, a foreign worker can return to the country after 3 years.
  • Employers provide only the return air ticket of the trainee at the end of the contract.

Important Reminders

  • It is illegal for employer to keep the workers passport and money.
  • Have your original copy of your marriage contract and birth certificate of children for tax exemption 
  • Worker cannot change employer or job without finishing the contract
  • Respect Korean tradition, customs, practices and strictly observe all their laws and regulations
  • Prior to leaving open a savings account  for remittance purpose.

Common Problems

  • Excessive collection of fees by recruitment agencies and Korean brokers
  • Lower salaries compared to other non-member of CAK and KFSMB companies
  • Low take home pay after the monthly deductions from the worker-trainees’ salary 

Risks of Running Away 

  • Revocation of employment permit
  • Arrest, detention and deportation
  • Deprivation of future employment
  • Loss of personal belongings
  • Fabrication of false accusations by  employers
  • Ruins the image of and employment opportunities of those from your country

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