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Probation period
in South Korea.

SALARY PAYMENT IN South Korean Won (KRW, ₩)


PAYROLL TAX 16.43% – 34.94%


TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

Probation period in South Korea – Overview

Employees in South Korea must complete a probation period when they begin employment. During their probationary periods, employees are not entitled to the same rights and benefits that an employee who has passed their probation period would be.

What is the standard probationary period in South Korea?

The standard probationary period in South Korea is 3 months. 

Can an employer extend the probationary period in South Korea?

South Korean law does not provide for a maximum probationary period and there is no legislation preventing employers from extending the probationary period.

Can I dismiss an employee during their probation period in South Korea?

Yes. Furthermore, under Article 35 of the Labor Standards Act (1997) employers are not obliged to give a 30-day notice to employees who are in their probationary period. In fact, employers do not need to give any notice to employee who is on their probationary period.

Do employees in South Korea have to give notice during the probation period?

In some cases, yes. When resigning during the probationary period, employees should abide by the terms of their employment contract. If the terms are not laid out in the  contract, then no notice is required for the employee to resign. Many employees will still give 30 days notice as a gesture to maintain good will.

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30 days’ advance notice is standard in South Korea. Alternatively, employers can offer 30 days’ pay in lieu of notice

In South Korea, there isn’t a minimum notice period that employees must serve when resigning. Usually, the terms covering the notice period will be detailed in the individual employment contract, and in many cases, an employee will give 30 days’ notice in any case.

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