Shortage of industrial engineers narrows in 2010The shortage of industrial engineers in Korea narrowed in 2010 from a year earlier on growing investment from local firms following an economic recovery, the government said yesterday.
A total of 626,636 industrial engineers were employed by local companies at the end of last year, up 2.4 percent from 2009 according to the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.
However, Korea needed an additional 28,181 workers, or about 4.3 percent more than were employed at the end of 2010. The shortage rate dropped 0.9 percentage points from a year earlier, when the country needed 33,473 additional engineers.
The report is based on a survey of 10,511 companies, each employing over 10 workers.
Of the total, 57.3 percent, or 359,000, were employed in the manufacturing sector, with 49 percent working in eight key industries, such as the automobile, electronics and semiconductor industries, the ministry said.
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