General election means jobs for the nation’s part-timers

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General election means jobs for the nation’s part-timers

Polling agencies are busily recruiting part-timers ahead of the April 13 general election, said Albamon, a part-time job information portal operated by Job Korea, on Wednesday.

Public opinion research firms including Gallup Korea, TNS Korea, Hankook Research and Korea Research Center have posted recruitment notices online.

Most of the part-timers recruited by the firms will be conducting surveys via phone. Those who speak the standard Korean dialect clearly and are able to organize data on a computer are preferred. Daily pay differs by companies, but the average is around 90,000 won ($77).

If part-timers are willing to work on-site and actually count the number of people exiting voting areas on the general election day, payment jumps to a maximum 150,000 won a day. The nation’s three major broadcasting companies - KBS, MBC and SBS - are planning to use the data to provide viewers with the most accurate forecasts of election results.

The National Election Commission is also looking for part-timers, and even additional employees, to ensure the election is fair. Since the job involves hunting for illegal actions related to voting and the election process, applicants cannot be a registered member of a political party and must meet certain other criteria. Those with a driver’s license and proficiency in various computer programs are preferred.

As the day of the election approaches, more workers will be needed to do things like hand out flyers and decorate vehicles to support different campaigns. Companies in these sectors are looking particularly for graphic designers and those with sales experience.

From installing voting booths and administrative duties to cleaning up after the election, many part-time job seekers can be kept busy until several days after the last vote is cast.

“Regarding part-time jobs related to the election, it is important that they don’t offer or receive bribes and abide by the electoral law,” said Lee Young-girl, managing director of Job Korea. “If a given task is thought to be against the law, all part-timers should notify the National Election Commission so they aren’t penalized.”

In past elections, various jobs involving composing campaign songs, collecting data and producing advertisements were open to part-timers.

BY KIM JEE-HEE [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]


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