Youth Employment

Information about the work opportunities and regulations for teenagers, students and school leavers in South Korea...

In South Korea employers can only give teenagers under 15 years old a job if they have an employment permit. Permits are issued by the Ministry of Employment and Labour. These permits are only granted if the employment is suitable for a young person and will not interfere with their education.

Teenagers under the age of 18 are not allowed to be employed in any activity which is deemed by Presidential Decree to be bad for their health or morality. All employees of people under the age of 18 are required to have written permission from the teenager's parent or guardian.

Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 are not allowed to work more than seven hours per day or 42 hours per week. However, an extra hour per day (or six per week) can be worked if the employer and their employee are in agreement.

Teenagers are also not allowed to work on public holidays or between the hours of 22:00-06:00, without special permission from the Ministry of Employment and Labour.

Further information is available from the Korean Ministry of Labour, Labor Standards Act for Females and Minors.