Introduction of Employment Permit System

The Employment Permit System allows employers who have failed to hire local workforce, to legally employ foreign workers. (the Korean government or public institution administer the management of the foreign workers)
  • Use foreign workforce guaranteeing the employment opportunity of domestic workers.
    • Decide the quota of foreign workforce introduction considering human resources supply and demand trends such as Korean economic situation and domestic labor market every year.
    • Allow employers to hire foreign workers in the labor shortage industries such as agriculture & stockbreeding, fishery, construction and manufacturing less than 300 regular workers.
  • Transparency of the foreign workforce selection and introduction process, and prevention of corruption practices and anomalies in the sending process
    • Government institutions or agencies administer the process of foreign workforce selection and introduction based on the MOU signed by both government. (Job Center and HRD Korea)
  • Select qualified foreign workers according to employer's demand
    • Choose competent workers have satisfactory skill level and Korean language proficiency.
  • Protect human rights of foreign workers
  • Implement equality between local (Koreans) and foreign workers on the application and observance of labor related laws and policies such as Labor Standards Act, Minimum Wage Act and Industrial Safety and Health Act.