Hardship differential restored for some but not all in S. Korea
SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. has decided not to restore a 5 percent post hardship differential for civilian government employees at Camp Humphreys and several other major bases south of the capital.
It was the latest incident involving the additional pay received by civilian employees as a way to recruit and keep them in foreign countries that may be more dangerous or have a more expensive cost of living than the U.S. In 2014, the more widely disbursed post allowance was cut for about a month for all civilian employees, including those in Seoul.
The post hardship differential — which is distributed to staff facing extremely difficult or unhealthy conditions or physical hardship — was eliminated in April for areas outside the Seoul metropolitan area. It had been 5 percent of basic compensation for most locations outside Seoul for several years.
U.S. Forces Korea said at the time the decision would be reviewed based on new questionnaires used by the State Department to determine the differential.
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