The number of applicants for government jobs in their twenties and thirties is declining as civil servants, long considered risk-averse young Koreans to be safe havens for life, lose their brilliance.
Another factor is that there are fewer young people than before, but job seekers say that the benefits of public sector work are diminishing. Until recently, pensions were the biggest plus, but more and more people are recognizing that pensions are unlikely to rise forever in response to inflation, while salaries are much lower than in large companies. Young Koreans are also less obsessed with the rigorous hierarchy of government agencies.
Yun Soo-hyun (26) became a civil servant in October 2016 and resigned four years later. She said her employment security was positive, but she was turned down because of her lack of personal growth. “I’m interested in farming and preparing to run my own farm, which is much more exciting and rewarding,” she said.
A 40-year-old woman who also quit her job a year later said, “Public servants were once a sought-after profession, but many young Koreans no longer agree. The top-down work environment was difficult. . So that I can bear it. ”
According to the Human Resources Department, the number of civil servants who quit their jobs within five years increased from 5,181 in 2017 to 9,258 in 2020.
The competition rate for civil service exams has been steadily declining over the last decade. The average competition rate for entry-level citizens has dropped from 47: 1 in 2017, when 230,000 people were tested, to 29: 1 with only 170,000 candidates this year.
That’s bad news for the entire Noryangjin neighborhood, which is full of prep schools preparing applicants for the civil service exam. Companies are afraid that students will not approach the prep school even after the coronavirus pandemic is over, especially because they have become accustomed to learning online. “Coronavirus infections are declining, but we don’t see any more students coming to the study,” said one 30-year-old research space owner.
“Ten years ago, this place was crawling with students, but now it’s almost empty,” said a 58-year-old who has been running a store for civil service exam takers for 22 years. A week ago, the area was still quite empty, even though the blockade was more or less over. The “closed” and “rental” signs can be found in the empty building that housed the prep school and restaurant. Many prep schools have a hard time finding students.
At a private prep school that was preparing students for police and firefighter exams, enrollment has dropped from 200 three years ago to about 80 now.
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