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Foreign workers’ average pay below lowest of locals’

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From the Korea Herald.

Of course the bulk of foreign workers in Korea are the factory workers typically from southeast Asian countries while English teachers, professionals, and business owners make up the rest of the foreign population.

This is kind of scary:

The average annual salary of the group was 13.17 million won in 2008, 1.43 million won less than that of the lowest 10 percent local workers. Foreign workers in 2008 earned 2.9 percent less on average than they did in 2007.

Can’t even imagine how one survives on that and still manages to send money back home every month.  I think that English teachers would fall under the realm of the average salary for foreigners in Seoul (offer course inclusive of rent-free housing):

Foreigners in Seoul earned the highest annual salary with 33.37 million won on average in 2008, which stood close to the average annual pay of local workers, 38.2 million won.

Written by recruiterinkorea

June 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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  1. This is definitely a sad situation. Exploitation. Its very disheartening to see a local with less experience and skills get paid more than double the salary of what a foreigner would get. Some of them cannot even communicate in languages other than Korean. But it is the demand vs supply situation. And to add to it you cannot even change jobs like locals. Is there any organization which governs or monitors the labor law for foreigners. At the least it could provide some hope to get the salaries at par with the locals.

    Brijesh Bolar

    June 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

  2. I wouldn’t be so quick to say “less skill”. I have some medical school and will have a pharmacy doctorate soon, in addition to several undergraduate awards. It’s just English teaching can be fun before one starts their career. Additionally, one must take into account many of these foreign workers are from South East Asia doing God knows what. I was surprised to see Seoul workers so high in income. I wonder if this is per capita or the mean?


    December 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

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