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KB Kookmin Bank to launch voluntary retirement program for 2018

South Korea's KB Kookmin Bank will begin a voluntary retirement program for its staff in 2018, after reaching an agreement with the labor union, Yonhap News Agency reported Dec. 27.

The KB Financial Group Inc. unit will offer pay equivalent to 27 months' and 36 months' salary to eligible employees that apply for the program. Staff subject to the wage peak system, under which employees aged 55 to 60 receive lower pay should they choose to stay with the company, can apply for the program.

Eligible employees can start applying beginning in 2018.

Banks in South Korea have been reducing staff in recent years to reduce costs and improve their bottom lines. KB Kookmin Bank has been offering the retirement program annually since 2015.