Hire employees in South Korea No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in South Korea, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
South Korea also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in South Korea quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
All the necessary benefits for South Korea built right in
Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in South Korea within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.
- Health Insurance
- Unemployment Insurance
Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)
Official language: Korean
Payroll Cycle: Monthly
Paid Time Off
In South Korea, employees are entitled to paid holidays based on the length of the labor relationship:
- 1 - 2 years of employment - 15 days of paid leave.
- 3+ years of employment - One day’s paid leave is added for every two years of employment up to a total of 25 days.
- New Year's Day
- Labor Day
- Lunar New Year
- Independence Day
- March 1st Movement Day
- Children's Day
- Buddha's Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Liberation Day
- Chuseok (3 days)
- National Foundation Day
- Hangeul Day
- Christmas Day
Individual Income Tax
The individual income tax depends on many variables, such as marital status, level of income, etc. The average ranges from 6% to 42%
Approximately, 10% - 13% of employee salary
Employment Contract Details
Contracts must be in writing but not necessarily in Korean.
Not mandatory. However, common practice is 3 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum wage is KRW 8,590 per hour.
Maximum working hours and overtime
A workweek is generally up to 40 hours per week and 8 hours a day. The maximum weekly working hours are 52.
- Maternity Leave: Employees are entitled to 3 months of maternity leave (or 4 months in the case of twins). At least 2 months (or 75 days in the case of twins) of the leave must be paid. The government pays for the remaining month (or 1.5 month in the case of twins). At least 1.5 months of leave (or 2 months in the case of twins) must be taken after the birth.
- Paternity Leave: Employees are entitled to 10 days of paid paternity leave. The requests must be made within 3 months of childbirth.
Employees are not entitled to sick leave associated to non-work related illnesses or injuries. However, some companies grant sick leave to their employees as a special benefit generally up to several months of unpaid leave and/or up to several weeks of paid leave if illness or injury requires it.
Termination requirements for employees in
Employees may only be dismissed for attributable cause to the employee, such as misconduct. Employer should give the worker a written notice of dismissal.
Severance Pay is mandatory for employees who have worked for 1 year or more regardless of the reason for termination. Amount must be equivalent to at least 1 month's average wages for each year of continuous employment.
In South Korea, the minimum required notice period is 1 month's written notice or provide payment in lieu. Does not apply to employees that are serving a probationary period of 3months or less.
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