South Korea Offers 8,000 Jobs to Sri Lankans, Exceeding Quota


The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) announced that the Director of the South Korean Human Resources Department based in Sri Lanka has agreed to provide 8,000 job opportunities for Sri Lankans in South Korea this year. This exceeds the previously offered job quota of 6,500, and the agreement was reached during a discussion between the Director of the Korean Human Resources Department and the Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment, Manusha Nanayakkara.

As part of the agreement, 600 individuals who are currently registered on the Korean job website and have passed the Korean language proficiency test under the production sector category will be referred for jobs in the shipbuilding sector. Priority will be given to job seekers whose period for securing a job expires by December 31 this year. These jobs will be provided by shifting the job category from production to the ship construction sector, and candidates interested in changing their job category should apply as soon as possible, according to the SLBFE statement.

Furthermore, the S. Korean Human Resources Department has also agreed to conduct examinations and recruit 900 welders and painters for jobs in the shipbuilding industry under the E9 visa category from next year. The Director of the Korean Human Resources Department has also informed the Minister that from next year, the Korean Language Proficiency Test will be conducted using the UBT system instead of the current computer-based CBT system.

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