As the economy shrinks due to Corona 19, the lives of retirees are getting worse.
In particular, many people had to suddenly leave the company this year, but these days, it is difficult for young people to get a job, and many retirees find it difficult to provide living expenses.
Reporter Park Heung-ro covered the increasingly difficult life of a retiree.
Kang Chan-young retired after becoming an executive after working for 27 years at a large company.
I tried re-employment dozens of times, but the reality wasn't easy.
[Kang Chan-young (59): I think I set high expectations.
I always think about the level of remuneration because I have that level of (executive) experience]
Two years of trial and error until I accepted the harsh reality.
[Kang Chan-young (59): I put it down completely.
Cars are also public transportation, and I have completely made a living pattern.
(Did you dispose of all the cars?) Yes.]
[Park Gyeong-ok (wife): I came from a 37-pyeong apartment to this 16-pyeong apartment.
I sold things to second-hand countries for four months.] The
found was sorting at a courier company.
They're getting a tenth of their salary, but they say they'll have to keep doing this for the time being.
[Kang Chan-young (59): Shouldn't we do it at least until the national pension comes out?
I have that thought.]
Sohn Ho-kyung, who suffered from depression for a while after retirement and suffering a disconnection between income and relationships.
[Son Ho-kyung (60): The moment you retire, all phone numbers are cut off.
It's hard to just see the kids' faces, and it's really like sitting at home.] I looked for a
job, but I couldn't find anything to do consistently,
so I set
up a launderette with my severance pay.
[Son Ho-kyung (60): I was thinking about where I was okay, even without this money...
They fail and do not die without this money.
That's why I started out with courage.] This
is Tae-Hak Kim, the manager of the apartment management.
After retiring five years ago, I started a blueberry farm, but my income was only 1 million won a month, so I had to do what I was doing.
He has been preparing for a long period of time, but he does not know how long to run two jobs.
[Kim Tae-hak (61): I think it would be good if I worked for a long time, but that would be my hope, and if I inevitably quit, I will have to find another source of income here in the rural area.]
50 years old or older who received unemployment benefits this year due to Corona 19 compared to last year. It increased by about 40%.
However, only 1 in 10 retirees are ready for retirement.
[Kim Hye-ryeong/ '100 Years of Happiness Research Center' Research Fellow: 60.5% of those who think they are having difficulty in preparing living expenses right now.
Six out of ten people answered that they had a little difficulty in preparing living expenses.] The
success rate of re-employment after retirement is less than half, and 70% of re-employment does not
reality in two years.
A recent survey of the income status of retired baby boomers at a university showed that the bottom half (53%) of the income bracket exceeded.
Experts say that it is the reality in Korea that individuals should be fully responsible for their lives even after retirement, and emphasize that the government should actively help retirees now.
[Kim Eun-seok / Research Fellow, Korea Employment Information Service: It is believed that the role and responsibility of the government in the demographic change in the age of low birthrate and aging population has become much greater than in the past.
Isn't it such a time when the state should take responsibility for jobs and life after retirement in a more proactive way than in the past.]
(Video coverage: Lee Won-sik)