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  Issue: August 2006  
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FROM THE PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ASSOCIATION:
Things you should know about working in South Korea
www.poea.gov.ph

Filipinos in South Korea work as:

Factory worker-trainees
 Entertainers
 Construction Workers

Minimum Salary Rate 

For Construction Association of Korea  (CAK) hired – KRW 2,510 / hour
For Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business  (KFSMB) hired – KRW 567,260 / month
For entertainers – US$500 / month

Modes of  Recruitment

Hiring through the licensed Philippine Recruitment Agencies
Name-hiring, in special limited circumstances
Hiring through POEA under the employment permit system (starting August of 2004)

TYPES OF VISA

Trainee Visa: presently the most common entry visa option
Employment Visa:  issued for selected occupations (mostly technical and professional) or as an upgrade from trainee visa after a year of stay and passing a competitive exam.

Processing Cost For Agency Hire

Placement Fee

One Month Salary

Processing Fees

POEA

USD

   200

OWWA Membership Contribution                         USD25/ 

PHP

  1,275

OWWA Medicare Premium

PHP

    900

Documentation Cost

Visa/Work Permit

PHP

  3,600

Medical Examination PHP   2,730

Miscellaneous (Passport, NBI clearance, PDOS, notaries, pictures, authentication, etc.)

PHP

   1,000

Airfare (USD 250)

PHP

  7,840

TOTAL

PHP

 17,545

XR: 1USD=56.00 PHP

   

Processing Cost For Name Hire

Processing Fees

POEA

USD

    100

OWWA Membership Contribution                         USD25/ 

PHP

   1,275

OWWA Medicare Premium

PHP

    900

Documentation Cost

Medical Examination PHP   2,730

Miscellaneous (Passport, NBI clearance, PDOS, notaries, pictures, authentication, etc.)

PHP

  1,000

Airfare (USD 250)

PHP

  7,840

TOTAL

PHP

19,345

XR: 1USD=56.00 PHP

   

APPLYING FOR A JOB IN SOUTH KOREA

Documents to Prepare

  • Resume/Biodata
  • School Credentials & Transcript of Records 
    (High School and/or College Diploma  uthenticated by DECS or CHED)
  • Trade Test
  • Employment Certificate/s
  • Birth Certificate  (authenticated  by the National Statistics Office)
  • Passport
  • NBI Clearance
  • 2 passport size pictures

Procedure for Agency Hire

  1. Verify agency license and job order with POEA (Hotline 722-1144/55)
  2. Apply and submit credentials to the agency
  3. Undergo Medical Examination with DOH accredited clinics (3 days)
  4. Attend PDOS with accredited PDOS provider (1 day)
  5. Obtain e-Receipt & e-Card

LIVING & WORKING IN SOUTH KOREA

Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • 10 working hours per day (Monday to Saturday)
  • sick leave benefit not exceeding 30 days in 1 year
  • Medical examination a day after arrival and special briefing orientation on the country’s laws and culture
  • The trainee visa can be converted into an employment visa after a year and passing a competitive exam
  • Total period of employment should not exceed 3 years.
  • After finishing a 3-year employment contract, a foreign worker can return to the country after 3 years.
  • Employers provide only the return air ticket of the trainee at the end of the contract.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • It is illegal for employer to keep the workers passport and money.
  • Have your original copy of your marriage contract and birth certificate of children for tax exemption 
  • Worker cannot change employer or job without finishing the contract
  • Respect Korean tradition, customs, practices and strictly observe all their laws and regulation
  • Prior to leaving open a savings account for remittance purpose.

Common Problems

  • Excessive collection of fees by recruitment agencies and Korean brokers
  • Lower salaries compared to other non-member of CAK and KFSMB companies
  • Low take home pay after the monthly deductions from the worker-trainees’ salary

 Risks of Running Away

  • Revocation of employment permit
  • Arrest, detention and deportation
  • Deprivation of future employment
  • Loss of personal belongings
  • Fabrication of false accusations by employers
  • Ruins the image of and employment opportunities for Filipinos

COUNTRY PROFILE 

Geographic Profile

LOCATION: Far North of the Philippines (4 hours travel by air)
Southern portion of the Korea peninsula
TOTAL LAND AREA: 99,373 sq km
CAPITAL: Seoul
CLIMATE: 4 Seasons (winter, spring, summer & fall)
OTHER KEY CITIES:  Busan, Taegu, Inch’on, Kwangju, Taejon
The South Koreans
Population 48 million (2003)
Language Korean, English
Mode of Dressing Western Clothing
Religion Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism
The Economy
Newly Industrializing Economy (NIE) 
Highly export-oriented involved in agricultural and fishing products as well as
high technology industries.

SOURCE: www.poea.gov.ph