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Class and precarious work in Korean service economy

Baek Seung Ho 1

1가톨릭대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyze class structure and precarious work in Korean serviceeconomy. Literature on precarious work focused mainly on employment insecurityof atypical workers. This approach neglects the multi-dimension of precariousnessand also overlooks on the dynamics within the atypical employment. This studyconcretize precariousness into insecurity in employment, income and socialprotection, and also includes wage workers, non-wage workers, unemployed andpotential unemployed in the analysis. Regarding the waged and non-wagedworkers, the paper investigates on which class is more exposed to precariousness,and the size of total precarious workers are investigated by including unemployedand potential unemployed. The result suggests that service workers andproduction workers are constantly exposed to precarious work, with a more riskfor service workers. Also the size of precariat in 2010 is 43-50% in Korea. Especially for service workers, workers are not only more exposed to employmentand income insecurity but they are also structurally excluded from traditionalsocial protection system suggesting a need for development of alternative socialprotection system for these workers in Korea.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.