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South Korea has pledged to boost the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers under its Employment Permit System (EPS), reports the Financial Express Bangladesh. The EPS, established in 2004, allows employers who have been unable to hire locally to legally employ foreign workers.
The EPS is a scheme whereby employers can hire foreigners whilst still guaranteeing the employment opportunities of domestic workers. It allows foreign workers to be employed to address labour shortages in industry such as agriculture, fishery, construction and manufacturing.
The EPS also ensures transparency of the foreign workforce selection and introduction process, and prevents corruption practices. Government institutions or agencies will administer the selection process based on a memorandum of understanding signed by both governments.
Lee Min Hwa, Director of EPS, commented: “As the Bangladeshi candidates are doing well in the skill tests, their chances of recruitment will go up this year.”
A total of 2,162 jobseekers attended a skill test last month and more than 62% of attendees secures top marks. Between 2008 and August 2013, Bangladesh exported a total 9,363 workers to South Korea through the government-to-government system.
Mr Hwa added: “A foreign worker could stay in South Korea, primarily, [for] four years and 10 months, and [at the end of their term] a worker could [petition to stay] for another term.”