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Revealed: the legal and illegal jobs North Koreans have to do to survive

Lovemoney Logo By lovemoney staff of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 29: Fed up with your job? Thank your lucky stars you don't live in North Korea. The typical worker in the country is trapped in the same official role for life, takes home just a few hundred dollars a year, and has to grapple with everything from extreme discrimination to rampant corruption. For the relatively tiny elite though it's an entirely different story. We uncover the closely-guarded secrets of North Korea's employment market and reveal what people really do to make ends meet.

The Hermit Kingdom's nightmare employment market

Fed up with your job? Thank your lucky stars you don't live in North Korea. The typical worker in the country is trapped in the same official role for life, takes home just a few hundred dollars a year, and has to grapple with everything from extreme discrimination to rampant corruption. For the relatively tiny elite though it's an entirely different story. We uncover the closely-guarded secrets of North Korea's employment market and reveal what people really do to make ends meet.
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