Among health-related government agencies, the Korea Human Resource Development Institute for Health and Welfare (KOHI) had the steepest rise in the percentage of woman employees this year, government data showed Monday.
In contrast, the Korea Health Promotion Institute had the most significant reduction in the proportion of female workers.
According to state portal, All Public Information in One (ALIO), KOHI’s share of female employees went up by 5.6 percentage points in the second quarter to 51.2 percent from 45.6 percent a year earlier, among 17 agencies run under the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
Employees include executives (except for part-time officials), regular employees, and unlimited contract workers, excluding non-regular workers and service contract workers.
The Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency saw a 2.7 percentage point increase in female employee share, the National Institute of Medical Device Safety Information, up 1.8 percentage points, the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) and the National Medical Center (NMC), up 1.5 percentage points, respectively.
The Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA), which boasts the highest percentage of female employees, had a 0.3 percentage point rise, too.
On the other hand, the Korea Health Promotion Institute’s share of woman workers declined by 7.9 percentage points to 71.4 percent in the second quarter from 79.3 percent a year earlier.
Among the 17 agencies, Osong Hi-Tech Medical Industry Promotion Foundation had the least percentage of woman employees, with female workers taking up only 34.1 percent.
The largest increase in the number of total employees took place at the NHIS, which gained 274 in the second quarter from a year earlier.
The NHIS is the largest employer among the 17 agencies, having 14,476 workers in total (6,501 female employees). The Korean Red Cross comes next with 3,615 (2,212 women), followed by the HIRA with 2,955 (2,255 women), the National Cancer Center with 1,317 (906 women), the NMC with 1,024 (721 women), and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute with 294 (137 women).
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