Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The number of civil servants (PNS) in South Korea who have resigned from their positions has doubled in the last two years. Generally, they have been on the job for less than a year, according to reports Korea Herald.
According to data released by Member of Parliament Lim Ho-seon from the Democratic Party of Korea, there were 3,064 civil servants who resigned voluntarily after serving for less than a year in 2022. This number is double compared to the 1,583 employees who resigned voluntarily in 2020.
Number of civil servants resign after two years of work it has also doubled in the last three years. In 2022, there will be 6,136 civil servants who will resign, while in 2019 there were 3,225 people.
One of the biggest reasons why most civil servants quit in a short time is because of their low satisfaction with the work environment.
The Korea Herald report stated that this year, grade 9 civil servants in their first year of work only received a salary of 1.78 million won (or around Rp. 20 million) per month. This amount is lower than the minimum monthly wage of 2.05 million won based on the hourly minimum wage.
Although grade 9 civil servants receive up to 18 different types of additional salaries, such as work subsidies and food costs, 20%-30% percent of their total salary is deducted as public duties and taxes, so that ultimately their salaries are below the minimum wage.
A 32 year old woman surnamed Jo also recently resign for the same reason.
“I really wanted this job when I was studying for the civil service exam,” Jo told The Korea Herald.
“My duties are many, but I’m not paid enough to do them. So I am resignand I want to look for another job in a different field,” he added.
The Seoul Metropolitan Municipality Government Employees Union has called for an increase in civil servant salaries to match the minimum wage, as the number of newly recruited civil servants has increased rapidly.
The Ministry of Human Resources has issued a statement stating that it will reduce the time required to be promoted from civil servant grade 9 to grade 3, which previously took 16 years to 11 years. However, critics such as Professor Koo Jeong-woo of Sungkyunkwan University’s Department of Sociology say that such measures alone are not enough.
“Rather than just reducing the time it takes for someone to be promoted to civil service, the work environment and organizational culture also need to be improved so that grade 9 workers can stay in their positions longer,” said Koo.
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