North Korea: Labor freedom

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 North Korea

Labor freedom index (0-100)

 Latest value 5
 Year 2023
 Measure points
 Data availability 2005 - 2023
 Average 2
 Min - Max 0 - 5
 Source The Heritage Foundation
For that indicator, we provide data for North Korea from 2005 to 2023. The average value for North Korea during that period was 2 points with a minimum of 0 points in 2005 and a maximum of 5 points in 2016. The latest value from 2023 is 5 points. For comparison, the world average in 2023 based on 179 countries is 56 points. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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North Korea - Labor freedom - recent values

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North Korea - Labor freedom - historical chart - 2005-2023




The Labor Freedom index for North Korea from the Heritage Foundation reflects the various aspects of the legal and regulatory framework of the labor market in North Korea, including the minimum wage; laws inhibiting layoffs; severance requirements; and the regulatory burdens on hiring.
Definition: The Labor freedom index is composed of six quantitative factors: ratio of minimum wage to the average value added per worker, hindrance to hiring additional workers, rigidity of hours, difficulty of firing redundant employees, legally mandated notice period, and mandatory severance pay. The index is based on data collected in connection with the World Bank’s Doing Business study.


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