A (52), who once worked as an employee of a large corporation, is switching jobs in the construction industry after an unwanted retirement in the aftermath of the economic downturn. His re-employment failed due to his considerable age, and there were not many options left for him. He got around 2 million won in his monthly salary this month. He picked a day with a lot of work, and he was paid 150,000 to 200,000 won a day, but he is not sure if he will be able to continue his work due to his sluggish body. It is even more heartbreaking to hear that the recruits who have survived the restructuring cold wave have received a significant amount of year-end bonuses.
This year, the average monthly wage of domestic regular workers exceeded 5 million won for the first time in history. On the other hand, it is pointed out that the wage gap for temporary and daily workers is still widening at 1.7 million won. In particular, the average monthly salary of large corporations exceeded 9 million won for the first time since government statistics were compiled. Although the new government is emphasizing the autonomy of corporate management with the breaking of labor regulations as a link, this suggests that polarization of the labor market and resolution of inequality remain key tasks.
According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor’s ‘February Business Workforce Survey’ announced by the Ministry of Employment and Labor on the 31st, the average monthly wage of regular workers in January was 5.0.2 million won, a 22.8% (933,000 won) increase from the same month of the previous year. By wage breakdown, flat-rate wages were 3351,000 won, overtime pay 201,000 won, and special pay 1,468,000 won. Among them, special pay increased by 118.4% from the previous year. Temporary and daily workers, on the other hand, rose only 4.0% (69,000 won) to 1782,000 won. The wages of temporary and daily workers are usually between 1.6 million and 1.7 million won.
Jeong Hyang-suk, head of the labor market research division of the Ministry of Employment and Labor, said, “Frequent workers are eligible for holiday bonuses and performance pay, but temporary daily workers such as construction and lodging and food services are not. ” he explained.
The issue of income polarization still persisted even by company size.
During the same period, the average monthly wage of companies with 300 or more employees was 9,248,000 won, up 38.2% (2557,000 won) from the same month of the previous year. That’s more than double the total number of workers (472 million won). The deadline for the payment of holiday bonuses has been shifted to January, and it is analyzed that this is due to the base effect caused by the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
Companies with fewer than 300 employees, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), recorded 3822,000 won, an increase of only 15.1% (501,000 won) from the same month of the previous year. However, in terms of working hours, there was little difference between those with more than 300 employees and 158.9 hours for those with less than 300 employees.
“It is more important than ever for the government to establish a tight income safety net to alleviate polarization,” said a labor official.
Meanwhile, it has been argued that in the majority of cases, security, cleaning, and facility management workers who have been converted to full-time workers at subsidiaries of public institutions under the Moon Jae-in administration are not paid as much as the market wage.
The National Solidarity for the Elimination of Unstable Labor announced at a parliamentary debate on the same day, “The average wage for security and cleaning workers in 13 of the 17 subsidiaries of public institutions did not reach the market wage for simple labor workers in the first half of 2021.” He said that he became a regular employee at a public institution subsidiary from a dispatched or service worker, but there was no improvement in wage treatment. For example, as of the first half of last year, the monthly salary for Incheon Airport’s operating service was 1.83 million won, which was only 86% of the market wage.
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