No worker recruitment despite demand for part-time jobs in South Korea

Prothom Alo

Demand letters for part-time workers are coming from South Korea on a regular basis, and perks include accommodation and round-trip airfare borne by employers in addition to the opportunity to earn a high salary. Yet, private recruiting agencies cannot send workers to South Korea due to complications over approval. A recruiting agency even managed to secure approval following the attestation of the Bangladesh embassy in South Korea, but could not send any workers due to visa complexities.

According to the sources at the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, South Korea recruit workers in the agriculture sector through the country’s local governments in addition to recruiting manpower from various countries through government channels. For that, the local governments of the countries exporting manpower need to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korea’s local government bodies. Currently, talks are underway to sign an agreement with South Korea’s local government bodies.

South Korea recruits workers in dried fish processing, vegetable farming and marketing, and pig farming. Currently, workers from several countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Philippines and India are mainly employed in these jobs.

Last year, private recruiting agency KM International received demand letters for more than 2,000 workers and they collected the passports of 700 workers. Later, the labour wing of the Bangladesh embassy in Korea scrutinized the validity of the 80 workers in two phases and attested those, followed by sending letters to the ministry. The expatriates' welfare ministry then approved sending workers to South Korea, but the Korean embassy issued no visa to this end.

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