Since its establishment, the Government Employees Pension Service (GEP Service) has continuously pushed for improvement in the administration of the pension system to meet the changing socio-economic environment. These measures to safeguard the system for the long-run were executed in various stages last year. First, the GEP Service tried to create more decent jobs than before without any disadvantages on the status of employment. Second, the GEP Service rebuilt the comprehensive compensation system for the injured in line of duty so that civil servants could dedicate themselves to the public service without worrying about loss of earnings or medical care. Third, the GEP Service expanded pre-retirement programs for the senior civil servants and provided opportunities for social participation for the retired civil servants. Fourth, the GEP Service improved the service standards and tried to share efficient administrative experiences with other countries. Finally, the GEP Service spared no effort in pursuing social values toward a fair society and a country where we live together.
The GEP Service established a new taskforce team in charge of creating better jobs and built an infrastructure for job creation by gathering ideas from the public in order to seek the ways of linking current work system to core business in the future. The GEP Service completed turning all part-time workers into full-time workers without any disadvantage on the status of employment in 2017, based on the employment principle of ‘Equal Pay System for Work of Equal Value’. In addition, the GEP Service contributed to create 1,425 private-sector jobs directly and indirectly by expanding collaboration, commissioning, and investment projects with private companies. When hiring new staff, the GEP Service allocated a portion of the candidates to those from non-Metropolitan areas based on the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy. In addition, the GEP Service tried to offer better work environment for its staff by promoting support for childbirth and childcare based on the principle of work-family balance. As a result, a total of 1,541 new jobs were created inside and outside the workplace in 2017, including hiring new staff, supporting private-sector job creation, and conversion to permanent employment. The GEP Service will expand and support 7,800 better jobs by 2022 so as to meet the needs of a people-centered economy with sustainable growth in Korea.
The Government Employees Pension System (GEPS) designed to provide compensation benefits for jobrelated injuries as well as retirement benefits for the retired civil servants. However, many civil servants complained that the compensation benefits for were not enough compared to those of private sector workers and neglected to improve the related provisions in the way to meet the realistic needs of the injured. To tackle the issues, the Government tried to separate Injury Compensation system from the GEPS last year. As a result, new injury compensation system was introduced in the early 2018 and the Government Employee Injury Compensation Act (GEICA) will be enforced in September this year. While the GEPS are entitled to the regular civil servants only on the permanent position, the GEICA will extend to the non-regular workers in the government agencies as well. Meanwhile, the new GEICA provides a comprehensive protection including supports for accident prevention, professional rehabilitation programs to help going back to work in addition to the compensation for the injuries.
The GEP Service runs pre-retirement courses for senior civil servants to ready for retirement and active old age. The pre-retirement programs are made of seminars or lectures on the six parts of life design, which are: change management, finances, health, work & leisure, housing, and interpersonal relationships. In preparation for increase of baby boomer retirees, in particular, the pre-retirement programs are variously offered step-by-step for the applicants for at least10 years prior to retirement. Over 17,000 older civil servants people attended the programs last year, which has become the largest pre-retirement program nationwide. At the same time, the GEP Service supports for the retired civil servants to make their lives healthy and active by linking them to various social participation activities in which they could contribute their expertise in the fields such as education, safety and administration. The retired joining social participation activities were counted up to 30,000 times in 2017.
The GEP Service concentrated on development of the Internal Control System to make pension operations more correct and clear. The new ICS made the staff in charge enable to find out factors interfering correct and prompt daily tasks easily. The ICS has expanded not only to pension-administration but also to the whole area of the GEP Services including financing, housing, and financial assets management. The GEP Service also played a leading role to make a lawmakers-introduced bill adopting the part-time civil servants to the new members of the GEPS. The new bill was amid at resolving the issue of disadvantage against part-time civil servants who were excluded from the GEPS. In the meantime, the GEP Service paid attention to relations with other countries. Last year, the GEP Service exchanged the MOU with the Off-budgetary Pension Fund in Uzbekistan to encourage bilateral exchanges in the area of pension management and construction of IT infrastructure. In addition, the GEP Service invited the PT Taspen of Indonesia in order to exchange the ways to provide better services for the members in each country, based on the MOU signed in 2016.
The GEP Service has made an effort to improve social values toward a fair society and a country where we live together since last year. To begin with, the efforts focused on facilitating the growth of both the smaller firms and local community. It contained various assistance projects such as expanding the market for smaller firms linking with the fringe benefits plan for civil servants and support for sales of specialty products in Jeju and consigned business sites. Additionally the GEP Service made many contributions on activating communication with citizens and customers.