Make sure hiring practices are fair
A few days ago, the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission published a report on hiring at public corporations, including the case in Nowon District. The commission surveyed 14 agencies nationwide. In all 14 places, suspicious hiring practices were found. In Gyeonggi, the daughter of a city official was hired for a job though she wasn’t eligible to apply. In Busan, the son of a former council member was promoted from independent contractor to employee. The former personal secretary to a National Assembly representative was employed as a level-seven officer for a position with a hiring rate of 84 to 1. The commission may demand that agencies submit documentation of their hiring practices but have no further authority.
What does it mean that corruption was found at all agencies in such a preliminary investigation? If a more extensive investigation were conducted on all public corporations, the results would surely enrage citizens.
People joke that only fools take cash as a bribe because the best kind of bribe is a job. In the era of high youth unemployment, there are many qualified people who are unemployed. If they find out that they didn’t get a job because they didn’t have the right connections, they get angry. Before assigning blame for the job shortage, we need to make sure the hiring process is fair.
*The author is an editorial writer of the JoongAng Ilbo.
By Noh Jae-hyun