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Employment Trail

The Employment Trail 2016

The Employment Trail 2016


■ What is The Employment Trail?

The employment trail is a representative employment policy of Seoul, and includes visiting newly created work places, leading a social consensus through cooperation with companies, universities and labor groups, and searching for solution to job problems by creating new jobs.

Needs for the Employment Trail 2016


SignificanceBeginning the Employment TrailPushing ahead with the Employment Trail
Main contentsVisiting work places and hearing opinions in the field.

Diagnosis of opportunities and issues in the job market

Suggesting solutions for employment
PeriodOct. 7- Oct. 31, 2015Designating the last week of every month as “Job Week”
Governance systemOrganizing a private/public joint council by policy and regionSystemizing the joint council governance system and keeping its operation on track.

■ Goals

  • Completion of a virtuous cycle of growth, employment, and welfare
  • Encouraging participation and cooperation from society to solve job problems
  • Evaluation and further suggestions for the Employment Trail 2015
    – Putting into practice suggestions from companies and citizens and troubleshooting problem areas
    – Making efforts towards implementation of the Seoul Metropolitan City’s promises with citizens, and providing information activities on them by way of announcements of new policies, signing MOUs, etc.

■ Main Plans

  • The Increase of City budget in 2016 for 64 new policy projects (KRW 190.3 billion) of the Employment Trail
  • Visualization of the improvement of the Employment Trail by designating the last week of every month as “Job Week”

Expansion of the Joint Governance System by Public and Private Sectors

Putting more power into policies for more effective ways to create new jobs by expanding the governance system among governmental, business, labor, financial, and educational institutions



Widening the Channels for Citizens’ Participation

Searching for need-based ways to create more jobs by listening to the opinions and ideas from experts and citizens

  • Making more efforts to gain trust in administration from the society through cooperation with the private sector and building consensus with the target citizens of the policies
  • Holding events with participation of the citizens, such as Hackathons, utilizing the Collective Intelligence
  • Practicing Open Innovation to get more suggestions on job policies by experts


SectorsDetailed planContents
JobSuggestions from experts in job creation• Operating Open innovation
Opening Job Hackathon• Talk with the mayor on jobs (Job談)
Start-upGlobal hardware start-up Cup• Vitalization of manufacturing start-up based on technology
• Makerthon (twice)
InnovationSmall Policy Expo• Transportation, welfare policy brainstorm (twice)
• Citizens’ difficulties idea brainstorm (twice)
• Seoul Metropolitan Policy idea brainstorm (six times)

Visit for creating job


SchedulesSubjectMain contents
AprilEconomic Democratization, Respect for Labor• Holding Seoul Labor Forum
• Visiting temporary and full-time workplaces
• Visiting on-going tasks for economic democratization
MayCreating jobs for youth• Youth enterprise CEO round-table meeting
• Youth Employment Forum
• Meeting with CEOs’ of Small Giant companies and young job seekers
JuneFostering promising industries customized to Seoul• Summit for fostering Yangjae R&D Complex
• The Announcement of comprehensive plans to vitalize the Biomedical industry
• Round-table meeting of medium and small firms by industry
SeptemberCreating jobs in social economy• Visiting the top cooperative associations
• Hackathon on The vitalizing social economy
• Contest and Fashion Show of Social Innovation Design
OctoberAttracting domestic and foreign investment• Korea-China investment week events
• Global job fair
• Seoul International Finance Conference
NovemberCreate jobs for the vulnerable• Opening the 50+ Campus
• Opening the Lifelong Education Center for Developmental Disabilities
• Visiting common and self-supporting workplaces for the homeless

■ Major Achievements


Employment Trail 2016

Support for Medium and Small BusinessesFeb. 22Subsidizing companies (foreign-invested companies) creating new jobs
• Subjects: foreign investment for new growth engines in eight areas
• Supporting every employee up to ten for up to six months, With KRW 100 million for each employee
• Subsidizing businesses having educational sessions at A vocational training institution
Solving Youth UnemploymentFeb. 29Youth Job Creation Summit (five university presidents)
• MOU for supporting jobs for young people
• Operating job creation centers at universities
Mar. 17Opening the Youth Agency and holding discussion on creating innovative jobs
Mar. 22• Youth Job Creation Summit (four university presidents)
• MOU for supporting jobs for young people
Economic DemocratizationMar. 11A disussion on appropriate wages
Fostering Promising IndustriesMar. 11Summit for fostering photovoltaic industry (Hanwha Q CELLS)
• Searching for solutions to boost public participation in renewable energy projects
• Operate a photovoltaic start-up school and build a policy cooperate net
Support to Find Jobs for the VulnerableMar. 14Expanding the opportunities for silver jobs (increased by 12.8%, year-on-year) in three areas (public beneficial activities, market, manpower dispatching)
Fostering Urban IndustryMar. 25Visiting job places for the youth including Seongsu-dong Handmade Shoes Street (SSST)



Seoul Metropolitan homepage (www.seoul.go.kr) or the Investment Promotion Division

Employment Trail 2015

Visiting WorkPlacesOct. 7-31• Visited 99 workplaces and listened to public opinion
• Opened 43 times of Meetings and debates
• Announcement 20 policies to solve the unemployment problem
Setting Up a Governance SystemOct. 7Set up a governance system and signing MOU with 17 institutions from various areas
• The central government, education, labor, financial community, and education institutions
Supporting Economic Activities for the YouthPlanned for 2016• Formed a consultative group with young merchants
• Opened and expanded the number of regular night markets
• Held work Hackathon on a regular basis
• Expanded New Deal Job Policy
Enhancing the support for medium and small businessesPlanned for 2016• Fostered distribution experts
• Accumulated KRW 30 billion in Seoul Metropolitan foreign funds
• Opened Seoul foreign investment forum
• Consulted for legal, tax, patent and accounting issues
• Supported the vitalizing of main industrial complexes
Yangjae R&D, Magok, Hongneung, G-valley
Supporting disadvantaged group in employmentPlanned for 2016• Expanded the number of support centers for working moms (four more centers by 2019)
– operating call center exclusively for working moms
• Expanded Seoul’s silver parcel delivery service
• Supported the socially weak such as the disabled, the homeless, etc.
Securing fundamental labor rightsPlanned for 2016• Operating Ombudsman system in labor areas
• Developing a model for Seoul-customized working hours reduction