No. 2 chaebol unveils plan to add 1,000 part-time jobs

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No. 2 chaebol unveils plan to add 1,000 part-time jobs

Hyundai Motor Group, the nation’s second-largest conglomerate, announced yesterday it will hire 1,000 employees this year through a time-selective job system.

The group, run by Chairman Chung Mong-koo, said its 24 affiliates will offer part-time jobs with benefits where employees can work four hours a day, becoming the latest conglomerate to join the trend.

Hyundai Motor will hire 300, and Kia Motors and auto parts manufacturers - including Hyundai Mobis - 100 each. Hyundai E&C and other construction affiliates are offering a total of 160 jobs, and the group’s financial arms will provide 115 positions.

Hyundai said most of the jobs will be in the services area, such as call centers and management support.

The automotive group said anyone can apply for the jobs, but women will be given priority.

“It’s a waste for society to leave out women, who are forced to retire because of giving birth and housework, and old people with experience and skills,” Hyundai said in a release. “We want to give them another opportunity.”

Employees under?the system can select whether they want to work in the morning or afternoon.?Details of insurance and other benefits will be determined by individual affiliates.

Time-selective hires will be guaranteed jobs for two years, with further employment subject to evaluation by management, according to Hyundai. The group said recruitment will start next month and details will be posted on its website.

Samsung, LG, SK, Hanjin, CJ, Lotte and Shinsegae announced plans last year to offer jobs under the time-selective system.

The Park Geun-hye administration has been encouraging companies to offer part-time jobs to boost employment. The government previously announced that it planned to add 2.38 million new jobs through 2017, 930,000 of them through the time-selective system.

Critics say the plan will result in low-paid, low-quality jobs.

BY JOO KYUNG-DON [kjoo@joongang.co.kr]


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