A survey result showed that non-regular workers were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety caused by the prolonged COVID-19 outbreak than regular workers, and women rather than men.
Workplace Gapjil 119 announced on the 23rd the results of a survey of 1,000 office workers to examine the actual situation of depression caused by the COVID-19 crisis. It was held from December 3rd to 10th last year.
When looking at the answer to the question about the degree of depression by gender, 8.6% of men answered “serious”. The number of women was almost double, 16.6%.
The degree to which they felt differed according to the type of employment. 8.7% of regular workers and 17.0% of non-regular workers answered “serious”.
When respondents felt “serious” by employment type and gender, regular men (6.0%), regular women (13.9%), non-regular men (14.3%), and non-regular women (19.1%) were found in that order. The rate of feeling depressed was more than three times higher for female non-regular workers than for male regular workers. The overall average rate of “serious” responses was 12.0%.
Responses to anxiety were also similar. As for the answer of “severe anxiety”, women (30.7%) were more likely than men (22.9%), non-regular workers (31.0%) more than regular workers (23.0%), and those with an average monthly income of less than 1.5 million won (31.5%) had more than 5 million won (20.3). %) was higher than The rate of anxiety among female non-regular workers was 34.2% and that of male regular workers was 21.0%. The overall average was 26.2%.
An official from Work Gapjil 119 said, “In a survey conducted together, non-regular workers accounted for 33.3% of the unemployment rate due to COVID-19, which is more than four times that of regular workers 8.0%. Corona blue, such as depression and anxiety, is becoming more serious among non-regular workers, women, and low-wage workers,” he explained.
The group has called on the government to take protective measures, such as the introduction of paid sick leave and the payment of disaster unemployment benefits.