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International Labor Brief (Vol. 16, No. 6, 2018)
Author International Cooperation and Information Office
Publication Date 2018.06.15
Language Korean
Page 92 Pages
Price KRW 6,000
Publisher Korea Labor Institute

Global Focus

Reconstructuring Solidarity (Jeong-Hee Lee)

Special Feature: Reconstructuring Solidarity

From Dualization to Solidarity: Halting the Cycle of Precarity (Virginia Doellgast, Nathan Lillie, Valeria Pulignano)

Negotiating Better Conditions for Workers during Austerity in Europe: Union’s Local Strategies towards Low Pay and Outsourcing in Local Government (Damian Grimshaw, Stefania Marino, Dominique Anxo, Jerome Gautie, Laszlo Neumann, Claudia Weinkopf)

The Political Economy of Agency Work in Italy and Germany: Explaining Diverging Tragectories in Collective Bargaining Outcomes (Chiara Benassi, Lisa Dorigatti)

Better Strategies for Herding Cats? Forms of Solidarity among Freelance Musicians in London, Paris, and Ljubljana (Ian Greer, Barbara Samaluk, Charles Umney)

International Research Trends

Estimation of Labor Income Share (Donghoon Yoo)

International Labor Trends

Debate on Increasing Labor Shortage since 2008, Apprenticeship, and ‘Skill Gap’ in the U.S. (Jeong Myung Kim)

Prospects of Labor Relations in Vietnam under the Conclusion of Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP TTP) (Jae Myung Park)

World Labor News

* Please be noted that the articles are available only in Korean.  

KLI Employment & Labor Brief No. 84 (2018-06): Labor Market Assessment in the First Half of 2018 and Employment Outlook in the Second Half
Author Center for Labor Trends Analysis
Publication Date 2018.08.03
Language Korean
Page 10 Pages
Price 비매품
Publisher Korea Labor Institute

Table of Contents

1. Overview of the Labor Market in 2018

2. Labor Market Assessment by Sector in the First Half of 2018

3. Employment Outlook in the Second Half of 2018



The number of employed people rose year-on-year by 142,000, which is less than in other years; employment rate remained constant year-on-year at 60.4%; and unemployment rate marked a year-on-year increase of 0.1%p to 4.1%. This is attributable to the fast decline in population aged 15 or above, decrease in working age population aged between 15 and 64, base effect from the high level of increase in the employed population centering around the service sector during the same period last year, and production slowdown in some sectors such as manufacturing, construction, and food service industry. The assessment did not find minimum wage to be a major factor behind the overall slowdown in employment growth. There is only small increase in the number of the employed persons and some sectors are struggling, but these are not significant deviations from the trends in other years considering the population decrease and base effect. Based on the economic outlook published by the Bank of Korea, the second half of the year is expected to witness a greater increase in the number of employed persons and  improvements in the service sector in particular.  

KLI News

[ILERA World Congress 2018 – KLI Special Session] Future of Work: Challenges for Social Security and Labor Market Institutions

The 18th International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) World Congress took place at COEX, Seoul, from July 23rd to July 27th, under the theme of “Employment for a Sustainable Society: What is to be done?”

As one of the co-organizer of the congress, the KLI hosted KLI special session on July 23rd. The session discussed challenges for social security and labor market institutions in the age of digital transformation and ageing society. Mr. Mark Keese at OECD, Ms. Susan Hayter at ILO, Mr. Robert Palacios at World Bank, Dr. Gerhard Bosch at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Prof. Atsushi Seike at the Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan, and Dr. Jai-Joon Hur at the KLI gave a presentation, and the discussion and active Q&A from the floor followed. The detailed program of the KLI special session can be found on our website.

The KLI also hosted KLI Dinner Reception on July 24th to set the stage for networking between Asian scholars participated in ILERA World Congress 2018. Around 200 invited guests enjoyed KLI dinner reception. The detailed program and information of ILERA World Congress 2018 can be found at http://www.ilera2018.org/index.html.


Seminar Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the KLI: Toward an Inclusive and Dynamic Employment System

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the KLI. In commemoration of this meaningful year, the KLI hosted a seminar under the theme of “Toward an Inclusive and Dynamic Employment System”, at Korea Federation of SMEs, Seoul on September 19th. The seminar focused on the topic of the segmented structure of labor market and its alternatives, implications from the labor market segmentation, and the expansion of inclusiveness in labor law. At the dinner reception after the seminar, the former presidents and fellows and invited guests joined and celebrated the KLI’s 30th anniversary.  

Upcoming Events

2018 KLIPS (Korea Labor & Income Panel Study) Conference

2018 KILPS (Korea Labor & Income Panel Study) Conference will be taking place at the Convention Center of Hoam Faculty House at the Seoul National University, on October 26th. The KLIPS is a longitudinal study of a representative sample of Korean households and individuals, and the KLIPS data has served as a valuable data source for microeconomic analysis of labor market activities. Since the KLI’s launch of the first wave of the KLIPS in 1988, the survey has been conducted annually. For this year, scholars invited from the US, the UK, and Germany will give a presentation at the special session. Korean-English simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the special session and the sessions at magnolia hall.


The 16th Northeast Asia Labor Forum: New Forms of Employment – Labor Regulation and the Protection of Rights and Interests

The 16th Northeast Asia Labor Forum will be taking place in Qingdao, China, on November 2nd, with the topic of “New Forms of Employment – Labor Regulation and the Protection of Rights and Interests”. This forum is co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Labour and Social Security (CALSS), the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training (JILPT), and the KLI. The forum is taking place in one of the three countries each year, with the goal of providing an arena for researchers and policy makers to explore labor policy issues in the three Northeast Asian countries. The 2019 forum will be held in Korea.  

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