It has been recently confirmed that South Korea will be officially setting the minimum wage for 2022 at 9,160 won; translating to a monthly wage of 1.91 million won (US$1,672), and will apply across all industries. The new minimum wage is set to take effect on 1 January 2022, despite protests from business lobbies.

The Ministry of Employment and Labour said it rejected the complaints of three business groups following a legally mandated review period, and set the minimum wage as a 5.1 percent increase from that of this year, taking after the Minimum Wage Commission’s decision.

The Minimum Wage Commission comprises a trilateral panel comprising nine representatives each, from labour groups, management and the general public.

This year, South Korea’s minimum wage talks centred around business representatives’ call for a wage freeze amid struggles caused by the pandemic.

South Korea’s minimum wage rose by 16.4% in 2018, 10.9% in 2019, 2.9% in 2020 and 1.5% in 2021, which registered the lowest year-on-year increase.


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