August 16, 2022

South Korean workers taking time off in order to take care of their children rose 3.7 percent in 2020. Such an increase can be seen due to growing government support for parental leave.

According to the preliminary data from Statistics Korea, last year a total of 169,345 workers took parental leave to take care of their children, up 6,089 from the previous year. The figure has risen by 2.3 times the number 10 years earlier.

According to the country’s law, people are entitled to apply for a maximum one year of maternity or paternity leave whose children are younger than eight, or below the second grade of elementary school.

The government provides financial support for subscribers to employment insurance who sign up for parental leave, which is aimed at tackling the country’s ultra-low birth rate.

Summary of the data –

• In the reporting year, women workers accounted for 77.3 percent who took parental leave, far-off outnumbering their male counterparts. However, the percentage of male workers was 19.6 times more compared to a decade earlier.
• Over the cited period the number of women who took maternity leave rose 1.8 times.
• Parents whose babies were born last year, from it around 24.2 percent of had taken parental leave, an up 1.2 percentage points compared to the previous year.
• The comparable ratio of the above was 11.9 percent 10 years earlier.
• Men aged 35-39 of all fathers who took paternity leave accounted for the largest 43.4 percent, while women aged 30-34 accounted for the biggest portion with 39.8 percent.
• In 2020 the data recorded that 63.5 percent of workers who took parental leave working for companies had a workforce of 300 or more.
• Thus the above indicates that the system has become well engrained among midsized firms and conglomerates.
• The ratio of the same was relatively lower to 1.6 percentage points from a year earlier.
• Employees working in the manufacturing sector in the reporting year, of fathers who took such leave, accounted for 53.7 percent.
• While among mothers, those working in the welfare segment and public health made up the largest share at 46.6 percent.