1 in 5 Employees Works 54 Hours or More Per Week

One in five employees in Korea is having to work extra-long hours.

According to Statistics Korea, some 5.3 million people work more than 54 hours a week, up more than half a million from just a year ago.They make up a whopping 20 percent or so of the country’s entire workforce.

In 2000 the proportion was more than 42 percent because most employees worked six-day weeks, and it fell sharply thanks to the adoption of a five-day workweek in 2004.

The legal limit is currently at a maximum of 68 hours a week, but President Moon Jae-in has pledged to cut it to 52. Moon says that means companies will have to hire more workers, which would create an estimated 300,000 jobs.…