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More than 3,300 workers apply for second stint in South Korea

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 25, 2018-

Thousands of Nepali migrant workers are seeking a second job stint in South Korea as they prepare to take the qualifying Computer Based Test (CBT) in Kathmandu on Friday.

Data shows 3,304 workers, who had earlier worked in South Korea, have applied for the CBT seeking a second job stint in South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS).

While the first time job aspirants for South Korea take Paper Based Test (PBT) module, the CBT is open only for those with prior work experience in South Korea and local language skills.

The Department of Foreign Employment’s (DoFE) EPS Information Officer Shobhakar Bhandari said, “It’s easier for employers to hire experienced workers as they are already aware about the job, language and working culture of South Korea.”

CBT tests will continue up to October 12. Tests are held in four shifts daily. Each shift tests 28 students.

This is the second and the final CBT module for 2018. South Korean government hires Nepali workers through CBT since 2014. In the first round of CBT 439 workers passed the test. Some of them have already received their labour agreements.

“Selection of CBT candidates is higher than those applying through the PBT because they have experience.  Most of them are hired by the same employer they worked for earlier,” said Bhandari. 

Around 6,000 workers have gone back for their second job stint in South Korea.

Among foreign employment destinations, South Korea is popular with Nepali migrant workers because it offers better facilities and salaries. So far, 54,363 Nepali workers have travelled to South Korea since 2008.

Published: 25-08-2018 08:03

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