South Korea ranks as the top country with low-waged female employees in the OECD

Samantha West, Feb. 26, 2019, 9:23 a.m.


Almost four out of 10 Korean women are working for low wages. Although the figure is slowly improving, it is still the worst in the OECD.

According to analysis of OECD data by the Bank of Korea, a staggering 35.3 percent of female workers in Korea in 2017 were paid low wages, defined as less than two-thirds of the OECD average.

The main reason was that their careers were interrupted by giving birth and parenting. The BOK said the government should help more women keep working by improving childcare support.

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