Korea to add more jobs in so­cial ser­vices sec­tor

The Korea Times - - FINANCE -

The gov­ern­ment will cre­ate some 96,000 new jobs in the so­cial ser­vices sec­tor in 2020 in line with its push to be­come a more in­clu­sive coun­try that takes bet­ter care of its ci­ti­zens, the health and wel­fare min­istry said Thurs­day.

The plan came amid the coun­try’s rapidly ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and greater calls to look af­ter young chil­dren and those suf­fer­ing from health is­sues.

Asia’s fourth-largest econ­omy has steadily strength­ened its so­cial se­cu­rity in­fra­struc­ture over the years, but its so­cial ser­vice-re­lated spend­ing com­pared with its gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) still re­mains low among Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) mem­bers.

As of 2018, Seoul spent 11.1 per­cent of its GDP on so­cial ser­vices ar­eas com­pared with the OECD av­er­age of 20.1 per­cent. In terms of peo­ple en­gaged in so­cial ser­vices, there were 72 per 1,000 peo­ple in the coun­try en­gaged in this field com­pared with 133 for Ger­many and 179 for Nor­way, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, some 18,100 jobs will be added next year to look af­ter the el­derly, with around 13,500 jobs cre­ated to give ex­pert care to chil­dren and as­sist the phys­i­cally im­paired.

“If job cre­ation moves for­ward as an­tic­i­pated, it will be pos­si­ble for the coun­try to add roughly 340,000 new so­cial ser­vice-re­lated po­si­tions by 2022,” the min­istry said.

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