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"Welcome to the Korea Labor Institute’s website."

The Korea Labor Institute (KLI) is a government-funded research institute that has been devoted to formulating and advising Korea's labor and employment policies over the past 30 years. The KLI has strived to establish and reform labor and employment systems in response to the challenges of changing environments such as industrialization, democratization, and liberalization. At the same time, the KLI also has made every effort to ensure the fair and effective operation of such systems.

As we are approaching 2020, the Korean economy and society is undergoing dramatic changes in the external environment such as persistent low growth, rapid dissemination of digital technology, new trends of international division of labor due to the rapid industrialization in East Asian countries, and strengthening of monopolistic tendencies in the domestic economy. Meanwhile, the labor market is facing challenges of increasing dualization and widening income inequality between the rich and the poor. The sustainability crisis exemplified by youth unemployment, low birth rate, and lack of retirement savings is also one of the top policy priorities that Korea must address in the foreseeable future.

In this context, the KLI will commit itself to creating decent jobs and improving job quality, which are both in dire need in the Korean economy and society. By developing various policies based on research findings at home and abroad, the KLI will help workers be respected in society. In order to reform the dual structure of labor markets, the KLI will carry out research to improve youth employment, to create jobs and enhance welfare for older workers, and to eliminate the disparity and discrimination between large companies and SMEs; between regular and irregular workers; and between men and women. The KLI will also endeavor to reform the current labor and employment systems, which has continued to change incrementally ever since it was first established in 1987. The systems must work in a fair, sustainable, and efficient manner in order to cope with the challenges of the changing socioeconomic environment.

By proposing effective policy alternatives through both external and internal cooperation and facilitating their implementation, the KLI will promptly respond to the needs of the time and will contribute to enhancing the quality of people’s working life and welfare.

We look forward to your continued support and sincere interest.

Thank you.

Kiu Sik BaeKiu Sik Bae
Korea Labor Institute