56% of women hope spouse’s salaries will double theirs: survey
About 56 percent of Korean women hope that their spouse’s salaries will be double theirs or more, a recent survey showed.
The survey of 255 single men and 255 unmarried women said 75.3 percent of all respondents expressed the hope that the salaries of the couple would be pretty much the same.
The survey was jointly conducted by marriage agencies Bien-Aller and Feeling You from April 14 through April 21.
Some 24.7 percent of those polled hoped that spouse’s salaries would be less than theirs.
But as many as 85.5 percent of women respondents said spouse’s salaries should be higher than theirs, while 9.7 percent expressed hope that salaries of the couple will be pretty much the same.
Meanwhile, Statistics Korea reported Thursday that the number of marriages involving couples tying the knot for the first time rose to a nine-year high last year mainly due to favorable demographic factors.
According to the report, the number of men and women getting married for the first time reached 258,600, or 78.6 percent of all marriages last year. This is the highest percentage since 78.7 percent reached in 2002.
"The increase of about 4,000 couples is mainly due to the rise in the number of women in the country in their late 20s, which is making it easier for men to find wives," an official at the statistical agency said.
In the past, there were usually more men than women because families traditionally wanted boys instead of girls.
The official said this development should carry over through this year before the gender imbalance widens again in 2013.
Another development that helped push up the numbers of newlyweds was that the sluggish pace of economic growth, high consumer prices and spike in housing costs in 2011, had a less-than-expected impact.
Overall, the number of people getting married in the country hit 329,100, up 3,000 or 0.9 percent from the year before.
This marks the second year in a row that the number of people getting married rose compared to the year before. In 2010, marriages shot up 16,300 or 5.3 percent to 326,100, from 309,800 in the previous year when total number of people getting married contracted 5.5 percent.
The report also showed the average age of men getting married for the first time reached 31.9 years, up 0.1 from the year before. For women, the average gain was 0.2 to 29.1 years. (Yonhap)