Emergence of the Domestic Industrial Manpower Supply Issues

  • The shortage of technical workforce in the construction sector is becoming an obstacle to national development, not only in the 12 key industries including machinery, display, semiconductor, automotive, electronics, and IT domestically. In particular, small and medium-sized enterprises are experiencing a deepening shortage of skilled personnel, which is contributing to excessive increases in labor costs.
  • This trend has been intensifying each year, and its details can be observed through the "Survey on the Status of Industrial Manpower Supply" conducted and published annually by the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy. The reasons for this phenomenon can be examined as follows :

Problem Solving Plan


Resignation Rate and Early Resignation Rate within 1 year


Analysis of Unfilled Technical Manpower by the Nation's 12 major industries (as of 2021)

Source: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, 2022 Industrial Technical Manpower Supply and Demand Survey Results

Analysis of reasons for unfilled personnel

  • Companies responded that the biggest reason for the lack of industrial technical manpower was the lack of skilled and experienced manpower that can be put into the field immediately (35.4%).
  • Next, the respondents answered in the order of 'wage conditions do not meet the expectations of job seekers (18.5%) and there are fewer job applicants for the job (18.5%)'.

Resignation rate of SMEs in 12 Major industries (as of 2021)

Source: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, 2022 Industrial Technical Manpower Supply and Demand Survey Results

Resignation rate of SMEs in 12 Major industries (based on resignation within 1 year)

Source: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, 2022 Industrial Technical Manpower Supply and Demand Survey Results