The pay gap by industry is widening in South Korea


The sector that saw the biggest pay rise includes tech companies, while wages for workers in tourism and aviation have plunged.

The pay gap between sectors in South Korea has widened amid the pandemic, as wages in technology and television broadcasting experienced one of its strongest increases, while workers in the tourism and travel industries. aviation have seen their wages drop, according to data from the Korea Economic Research Institute.

The industry that saw the biggest pay rise includes tech companies like Naver, Kakao, and music streaming service Genie Music.

Jobs in web portals, web hosting companies, and data processing saw their wages increase from an average of 9 million won ($ 7,666) to 37.9 million won ($ 32,163) over the past year. first half of this year compared to the same period two years ago, reports The herald of Korea.

Meanwhile, roles in commodity trading saw the second-highest average salary increase, from 30.8 million won (US $ 26,137) in the first half of 2019 to 39.1 million won (33 US $ 181) over the same period this year. These include companies like LX International and Posco International.

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Television jobs, which include entertainment agency CJ ENM and SBS television channel, paid 4.1 million won (US $ 3,479) more on average. The average salary in tourism and related industries increased from 20 million won ($ 16,972) in the first half of 2019 to 12.3 million won (10,438) in the same period this year.


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