The government plans to increase the quota of workers in South Korea next year after praise for the good attitude of Cambodian workers.
More than 53,000 Cambodians work in South Korea.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday during a meeting with more than 15,000 garment workers in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district that the South Koreans admired the Cambodians as good workers of quality.
“I met the South Korea Ambassador to Cambodia yesterday and we got new information that South Korea considers Cambodian workers to have high standards, high discipline, respect and high professionalism,” Mr Hun Sen said.
“So next year, South Korea will discuss with Cambodian officials about increasing the quota of workers.”
The Prime Minister said he had ordered Labour Minister Ith Samheng to increase the quota.
Long Dimanche, Cambodian ambassador in South Korea, said last month that the Cambodian community in Korea totalled more than 60,000 people.
Of these, about 8,000 are women with Korean husbands and about 400 are students. Workers are employed in construction, agriculture, and in small and medium industries.
“The government of Cambodia is always cooperating with Korean authorities to increase the quota of workers employed here,” Mr Dimanche said. “It is a good opportunity for workers and many Cambodians want to work here.”
Mr Dimanche said that in Korea the working conditions were better than in other countries. People were recruited based on the agreement between the governments, so the conditions were clear and strict.
He added that their salary was up to $1,200 or $1,300 per month in agriculture.
In industry it would be $1,700 or $1,800. Annually, Cambodians send around $300 million via the banking system to their families, but Mr Dimanche thinks it is more because they also send money in other ways.