(measure: points; Source: The Heritage Foundation)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
South Korea: Labor freedom index (0-100), 2005 - 2022:
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 2005 to 2022. The average value for South Korea during that period was 53 points with a minimum of 46 points in 2009 and a maximum of 59 points in 2018.
The latest value from 2022 is 56 points. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 175
countries is 56 points.
See the global rankings for that indicator or
use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
The Labor Freedom index for South Korea from the Heritage Foundation reflects the various aspects of the legal and regulatory framework of the labor market in South 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.