54% of SMEs “It is difficult to implement the 52-hour workweek”

More than half of domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) still find it difficult to implement the 52-hour workweek.

According to the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Businesses on the 14th, as a result of conducting a 52-hour workweek survey on 414 SMEs with 5-299 employees across the country, 54.1% of the respondents said that they still felt difficulties in implementing the 52-hour workweek. The manufacturing sector (64.8%) was higher than the non-manufacturing sector (35.9%).

The reasons for the difficulty in implementing the 52-hour workweek were the difficulty of finding a job (52.2%), difficulty in using the flexible working system (51.3%) due to difficulty in predicting pre-orders, and the burden of labor costs due to additional hiring (50.9%).

In response to the 52-hour workweek (multiple responses), the introduction of flexible work systems such as flexible work and selective work showed the highest at 30.7%. Recruitment of additional manpower (18.6%), the use of a special overtime work authorization system (17.1%), and the use of the 8-hour overtime work system (16.2%) were found in the order of the difficulty in establishing a work plan in advance. In order for the 52-hour workweek to settle in the field, the most cited extension of the special overtime work period and easing of the post-approval procedure were the most cited.

In a separate survey of 171 workers at small and medium-sized shipyards, 76.0% of workers said they oppose the implementation of the 52-hour workweek. As for the opposite reason, 96.9% of the respondents answered that the decrease in overtime work has a negative effect on their livelihood as wages decrease. 91.8% of workers answered that their wages decreased due to the 52-hour workweek, and the average decrease was 658,000 won.

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