South Korea has accepted as many as 15,750 applications of Pakistani candidates who are seeking employment opportunities in its manufacturing sector under Employment Permit System (EMS) agreement signed by the two countries in 2008.

 

“Around 109,317 citizens had submitted their applications online, out of which 15,750 candidates were selected through balloting process,” official sources in Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) said on Sunday.

 

“This is the highest number of the shortlisted candidates since 2008 and credit goes to Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and South Korean Ambassador,” sources said, adding that the OEC has informed the selected aspirants to submit their particulars by March 29.

 

Later, the South Korean embassy will conduct a written test for final selection of the candidates. Before appearing for the final test, the candidates would be taught Korean language during a training course to be organised by the corporation, they added.

 

According to the Sources also added that, if the 1,000 workers could manage to pass the Korean language test, quota would increase automatically by 20 per cent as per the agreed EMS.

 

According to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Ministry of Employment and Labour South Korea has increased Pakistan’s Labour quota for 2019 from 900 per year to 1000 per year.