Higher starting salaries for college graduates from famous conglomerates… “Wage difference of 200,000 won with a low-ranking employee”

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As Samsung Electronics raised the starting salary of new employees in the semiconductor (DS/device solution) sector, internal dissatisfaction is growing, especially among employees with lower seniority.

According to Newsis and the business world on the 22nd, complaints from internal employees about Samsung Electronics’ plan to raise the starting salary for new recruits have recently been posted one after another in an anonymous community of office workers.

Samsung Electronics announced on the 18th at 2:00 pm that the starting salary for college graduates in the DS division would increase by 2.91% from 51.5 million won to 53 million won. This is because SK Hynix raised the starting salary for new employees to 53 million won in July, and Samsung Electronics decided to raise the starting salary between the two companies. This increase will be reflected from this month.

An industry insider said, “Semiconductor companies are competitively raising the starting salary of new employees to secure more capable talents.”

However, first-year CL2 (employee/assistant) employees, who apply the starting salary for college graduates, are dissatisfied with this decision as the wage gap with new college graduates further narrows.

Mr. A, who identified himself as a new employee at Samsung Electronics in the second half of 2020, said, “I stick to my juniors almost like a tutor and tell them (work).” “But now the difference in annual salary is 200,000 won. And I want to know why I take care of (the juniors).” Another Samsung Electronics employee, Mr. B, also said, “Employees from 2020 to 2022 will have the same annual salary (with new employees) at the same exam from next year.”

Even though they are new employees of Samsung Electronics, voices of concern are heard that the starting salary may vary by business division. This is because other sectors such as the device experience (DX) sector were excluded from this initial salary increase. Until now, Samsung Electronics has paid different welfare and bonuses for each business division, but this is the first time that the starting salary has changed.

An official from Samsung Electronics said, “The initial salary increase for college graduates is a decision to strengthen recruitment competitiveness.

The labor union is also protesting that the management raised the starting wage for college graduates without any prior consultation. The National Samsung Electronics Labor Union, the largest union of Samsung Electronics, pointed out on its website, “The relative sense of deprivation and demoralization of employees who have not received a wage increase is indescribable.”

Reporter Kim Hyun-joo [email protected]

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