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Samsung doles out 11 months' bonus pay as talent war heats up

Chronic engineer shortage drives wage one-upmanship in South Korea

Samsung Electronics' Hwaseong campus. On top of bonuses, the company offers workers a variety of free on-site meals. (Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics)

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics' strong earnings have padded the wallets of employees at the world's top chip seller.

"Once the coronavirus settles down, let's go to lunch at a popular Japanese restaurant. My treat," a friend who works at Samsung offered recently.

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