It was found that the average salary per person of the two largest domestic portals, namely Naver and Kakao, was 1 million won last year.

According to the Financial Supervisory Service's Electronic Disclosure System (DART) on the 1th, the average salary of Kakao and Naver employees last year was 3 million won and 14.1 million won, respectively, which was at a similar level.

This is an average that reflects the profit on the exercise of the right to purchase shares (stock options) by all employees, excluding registered officers.

In particular, Kakao has had a higher average employee salary than Naver for three consecutive years since 3, the year after the corona pandemic began in 900.

In 1, Kakao (3 million won) lagged behind Naver (449 million won) in terms of average employee salary, but since then, it has been ahead of Naver (2019.2020 million won in 3 →2019.8 million won →8.400 million won) in the same period, with 2020 million won in 1, 800 million won in 2021, and 1 million won last year.

Last year, Kakao's CEO Hong Eun-taek earned 7.200 billion won, higher than Naver's CEO Choi so-yeon (1.3 billion won) and Chae Sun-joo, head of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) and foreign policy (900.2020 billion won).

During the past three years of the Corona pandemic, Kakao has invested more aggressively in labor costs than Naver.

In fact, Kakao's labor costs increased sharply from 1.248 billion won in 2021 to 1.2 trillion won last year.

Kakao CEO Nam Gung-hoon, who retired last year, agreed with the union to raise his salary by 915 percent this year and 1 percent this year, while Naver Labor has tentatively agreed to raise wages by 3.449 percent this year, so the trend is expected to be similar this year.

However, the average salary, excluding profits from exercising the right to purchase shares, was 29 million won for Kakao and 7.500 million won for Naver last year, which showed that Naver was more than Kakao.

In terms of gender, Naver has a relatively small gender pay gap compared to Kakao, and women's wage levels are high.

This is a simple comparison that does not reflect the difference in wages by occupation and work, the disparity by position, the difference by employment type, the difficulty of the working environment, and the contribution in the workplace, and as of 11, Kakao found that men (21 million won) were 6 million won more than women (200 million won), but Naver found that men (3.2020 million won) were 9.119 million won more than women (1.6 million won).

Last year, Kakao saw a difference of 871 million won (15 million won for men and 6 million won for women), while Naver saw a difference of 4.8 million won (9.500 million won for men and 1.2 million won for women).

(Photo = Courtesy of Naver Kakao, Yonhap News)