Workers Use Less Than Half Of Paid Holidays

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Workers Use Less Than Half of Paid Holidays
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Workers Use Less Than Half of Paid Holidays

Korean workers are entitled to an average of 15.1 days of paid holidays but in fact use only about half or 7.9 days, a survey suggests. One in every three workers cannot afford to take more than five days off a year and 11 percent cannot afford even a day's leave.

The findings are based on a poll of 1,000 workers aged 20-59 who have worked in their jobs for more than a year by the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade.

Some 44.8 percent blamed a suffocating working environment for forgoing their leave, and 43.1 percent a heavy workload and lack of substitutes. But forgoing their holidays led to unhappiness (49.9 percent), stress and low efficiency (38.5 percent) or health problems (33.3 percent).

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Korea to Lure More Skilled Foreign Workers

The government will ease visa regulations and work permits for foreigners to lure more skilled workers to Korea. The measures will be implemented in the second half of this year.

So far visas were only granted to the skilled workers themselves, their spouse and children, but now the parents of the couple can also get them.

The scope of employment options available to foreign students who study science and engineering here will be significantly expanded. Currently they often do odd jobs as bit-part actors on TV shows, English teachers or translators, but under the plan they can go into any profession except manual labor.

These 3 Produce 101 Trainees Already Have Half A Million Views Each On Their Individuals Fancams
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These 3 Produce 101 Trainees Already Have Half A Million Views Each On Their Individuals Fancams

These Produce 101 trainees are taking the world by storm through their individual performance videos.

Over the past week, Mnet has released official individual fancams of each Produce 101 trainee performing ahead of episode 4s airing.

The videos featuring the shows front runners confirmed just how popular they are. Within the short span of a week, they have been able to gather half a million views on their individual videos!

The videos of contestants, Park Jihoon, Kim Samuel, and Lai Guan Lin all have over 500,000 views, making them the top 3 most viewed trainees on the show.

Over Half a Million Graduates Unemployed
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Over Half a Million Graduates Unemployed

More than half a million graduates are unemployed for the first time this year, according to first-quarter data from Statistics Korea on Sunday. And the so-called economically inactive population with university degrees -- who are not looking for jobs or have given up -- exceeded 3.5 million for the first time.

Out of 1.17 million people classed as unemployed, i.e., still looking for jobs, 543,000 or 46.5 percent had bachelor degrees or higher. Some 451,000 completed high school, and the rest left school earlier.

IU Paid A Surprise Visit To This Aspiring Musician Who Was Losing Her Confidence
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IU Paid A Surprise Visit To This Aspiring Musician Who Was Losing Her Confidence

IU gave this fan, an aspiring singer, a visit and shared her advice on how to make it in the music industry.

In a recent episode of Dingo Studios You Did Well Today (working title), IU visited a special fan, Yu Rim, who dreams of becoming an artist just like IU.

To surprise Yu Rim, IU snuck into her studio room and quietly sat behind her, listening to her beautiful cover of Lianne La Havas Unstoppable.