Career Interrupted Women

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    Number of career interrupted women by year and the ratio compared to the economically active age population

  • B. How to measure

    Career Interrupted Women Rate = (The number of career-interrupted women/ Married women aged from 15 to 54) X 100
    * Career Interrupted Women: among married women from the age of 15 to 54 who are unemployed, or women who quit their job due to marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and child education (elementary school students)
    * Unemployed women: women who are not currently working and classified as unemployed and the Economically Inactive Population

  • C. Features and Sources

    Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity
    Social Rights Labor rights Right to work Subjective/Result Statistics Korea Regional Employment Survey 2006 1 year
  • D. Interpretation

    Although women’s social advancement including participation in various fields has been active compared to the past, the employment rate of women in Korea is lower than other developed countries. One of the main reasons for this is the discontinuation of women’s careers due to marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, children’s education (elementary school students), and family care. In Korea, due to the nature of its labor market, it is difficult for women to return to high-quality jobs after their cessation, which causes women who have experienced career interruption to remain unemployed, or work at a job of poor quality. Therefore, preventing women’s career discontinuation is one of the parmount things that contribute to the national economy as well as to maintaining and improving the economic power of individuals and households. According to the regional employment survey by the Statistics Korea, the percentage of women with career discontinuation is the highest among 214.4 million married women aged 15 to 54, accounting for 22.4%. However, the number steadily declined to 184.7 million as of 2018. It is expected that a policy at the national level will be needed to prevent the interruption of women’s careers because it is related not only to the employment issue, but also to child care which is the fundamental cause of career interruption.

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