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State-run firms recruit more workers

Korea’s state-run companies are offering more jobs, spurred on by a new government plan to increase employment.

Last week, the Park Geun-hye administration announced this year’s economic plan and speculated that only 250,000 people will get a new job as the economy remains sluggish. The figure is 70,000 less than what the government expected earlier. To help out, state-run companies are moving to hire more people. Some companies are doubling the jobs originally planned and offering them ahead of their original schedules.

According to Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) yesterday, it will hire 300 interns in this month’s recruitment, triple what it originally planned. More than 90 percent of these interns will be made regular employees after training. The company will receive applications from this Wednesday through April 9. The KHNP said it plans to offer jobs to 880 people this year, and 67 percent of those jobs will be opened before July.

“Because we want to support the government’s plan to create jobs and maintain a stable electric power supply, we decided to offer many jobs,” an official from the KHNP told the JoongAng Ilbo.

Korea Electric Power Corporation said 73.3 percent of its total recruitment, or 1,427 jobs including interns, will be offered no later than the first half of this year, while the remaining 519 jobs will be opened in the second half. The company already hired 200 people in the last two months. The Korea Electrical Safety Corporation (Kesco) is hiring more people aged over 55. “We want to offer new opportunities for baby boomer retirees,” said Kesco President and CEO Park Cheol-gon. “And the company will benefit from their experience.”

By Kim Chang-gyu [kjoo@joongang.co.kr]

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