The Korean Journal of Clinical Laboratory Science : eISSN 2288-1662 / pISSN 1738-3544

Table 2.

Working conditions and wage (N=1,327)

Characteristics N (%)
Region
Metropolitan 543 (40.9)
Non-metropolitan 784 (59.1)
Types of medical institutions
1st: self-testing (including outsourcing) 624 (47.0)
1st: self-test not conducted (full consignment) 355 (26.8)
2nd 348 (26.2)
Total number of medical laboratory technologists
1∼2 464 (35.0)
3∼4 254 (19.1)
5∼9 260 (19.6)
≥10 349 (26.3)
Career (yr)
<1 439 (33.1)
1∼3.9 350 (26.4)
4∼5.9 293 (22.1)
6∼7.9 146 (11.0)
≥8 99 (7.5)
Employment status
Regular 1,199 (90.4)
Non-regular 128 (9.6)
On-duty hours per weeks
<40 234 (17.6)
40∼43.9 679 (51.2)
44∼47.9 229 (17.3)
48∼51.9 94 (7.1)
≥52 91 (6.9)
Allowance for working on holidays
No 425 (32.0)
Yes 902 (68.0)
Duties of one MT (multiple responses)
Blood collection 981 (14.4)
Chemistry 760 (11.2)
Hematology 815 (12.0)
Immunology and serology 638 (9.4)
Urinalysis 810 (11.9)
Fecal occult blood 335 (4.9)
COVID-19 sample collection and test 554 (8.2)
Physiological function 762 (11.2)
Requesting a public corporation 147 (2.2)
Physical measurement, vision and hearing measurement 212 (3.1)
Consignment work 452 (6.7)
Others 325 (4.8)
Internal quality control
Yes 1,106 (83.3)
No 221 (16.7)
Time required for internal quality control (min)
<30 316 (28.6)
30∼59 529 (47.8)
60∼89 187 (16.9)
90∼119 43 (3.9)
≥120 31 (2.8)
External quality control
Yes 827 (62.3)
No 500 (37.7)
Average monthly wage (ten thousand won)
<200 195 (14.7)
200∼229 439 (33.1)
230∼249 299 (22.5)
250∼299 293 (22.1)
≥300 101 (7.6)
Desired monthly wages (ten thousand won)
<200 15 (1.1)
200∼229 75 (5.7)
230∼249 154 (11.6)
250∼279 397 (29.9)
280∼299 194 (14.6)
300∼349 339 (25.6)
≥350 153 (11.5)
Written in the form of a standard labor contract
Yes 997 (75.1)
No 330 (24.9)
Issued in the form of a standard labor contract
Yes 921 (69.4)
No 406 (30.6)
Turnover experience
No 260 (19.5)
Yes (once) 338 (25.5)
Yes (twice) 305 (23.0)
Yes (more than three times) 424 (32.0)
Reasons for turnover
Wage 393 (36.8)
Working environment & benefits 329 (30.8)
Work loading 136 (12.7)
Expiration of the contract period 131 (12.3)
Interpersonal relationship 35 (3.3)
Commuting time 23 (2.2)
Not fit for own’s aptitude 9 (0.8)
Clinical pathology laboratory closure 9 (0.8)
Others 2 (0.2)

Abbreviation: MT, medical technologist.

Korean J Clin Lab Sci 2023;55:314-23 https://doi.org/10.15324/kjcls.2023.55.4.314
© 2023 Korean J Clin Lab Sci