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Korea: Improving the Re-employment Prospects of Displaced Workers
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  02 May 2013
Pages: 104 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264189225 , OECD Code: 812013031E1
Price:   €16 | $23 | £14 | ¥2100 | MXN300
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In Korea's dynamic labour market, job displacement (involuntary job loss due to firm closure or downsizing) affects many workers over the course of their working lives. Some workers are more vulnerable than others to this risk and may face long periods of unemployment/inactivity after displacement, particularly if their skills are not well-matched to emerging job opportunities. Even when they find new jobs, displaced workers tend to be paid less, have fewer benefits and are more likely to be overskilled than in the jobs they held prior to displacement. Helping displaced workers get back into good jobs quickly should be a key goal of labour market policy. To achieve this goal, Korea needs to increase resources devoted to re-employment programmes, such as job-search training and job matching, to improve their performance and better target those who need the most help. Existing training programmes need to be revised to ensure that people are obtaining skills that will help them find work. The social safety net also needs to be strengthened to lower the personal and societal costs of displacement, notably by improving the coverage of unemployment benefits.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Chapter 1. Job displacement and its consequences

-Introduction and overview of the report
-The incidence of job displacement
-Characteristics of displaced workers
-Employment and laaoubr market outcomes following displacement
-Changes in wages and job characteristics following displacement
-Skill use of displaced workers
Chapter 2. Income support for displaced workers
-Sources of income support for displaced workers
-How adequate is income support for displaced workers?
-Recent steps to improve Employment Insurance coverage
Chapter 3. Helping displaced workers back into jobs
-Basic structure of employment service delivery
-Outplacement services for workers facing displacement
-Job-search assistance for displaced workers
-Training programmes for displaced workers

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