Cao Bin’s dream job in China’s officialdom befits anything but the popular image of a tea-drinking bureaucrat reading newspapers in an air-conditioned office, or dozing off at long meetings.
Instead, the postgraduate at China Foreign Affairs University has applied for a position with the China Earthquake Administration. If successful, the job will catapult him into quake-hit regions across the world, interpreting for China’s rescue teams.
“The job’ll be exciting — it can take me to places other people will never have a chance to visit in their lives, and my knowledge and skills can be fully used,” he said.
Cao’s choice, however, is considered “weird, harsh and dangerous” by his peers. Only 24 people have applied for the same position, making it one of the least sought-after jobs in the upcoming civil service recruitment tests scheduled to open early next year.
The most desired position, in contrast, is with the statistical bureau in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, where more than 9,000 candidates vying for the opening…
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Nearly two million candidates will compete for over 20,000 civil service jobs this year in China, said a state-run daily which lauded the move for applicants to have at least two years’ experience working at the grassroots level. Applications for the annual National Civil Service Exam (NCSE) opened Monday. An editorial in the Global Times … Continue reading »
Unemployment is arguably the most important, but least well measured, factor in China’s economy. Low unemployment and rising wages signal economic health, making it less likely that the government will rush to pump up growth. The reverse – mass layoffs and stagnant income – have China’s decision makers lunging for the stimulus button. The official … Continue reading »
More than half of college students who will graduate next year are willing to accept a monthly salary of less than 4,000 yuan ($638), according to a survey released on Saturday. The survey, conducted by renren.com, a popular social networking website which launched its job-search service for graduates in July, ran from Aug 21 to … Continue reading »
Employers on the Chinese mainland are expecting the lowest hiring demand for 2012 in the fourth quarter, with about 53 per cent saying they will recruit more people, according to the latest Hudson Report released on Wednesday. But the report, which questioned 6,400 employers, said hiring demand on the mainland remains the highest among all … Continue reading »
Recent economic data such as stronger-than-expected exports and benign inflation in September are the latest signs that China’s slowdown may be nearing an end, reducing pressure on the government to implement more stimulus measures to shore up the world’s second-biggest economy. However, some observers are now concerned about a less-cited economic indicator – employment – … Continue reading »
“The China’s income gap becomes an increasingly serious problem at the present stage” write Lei SUN and Ying-jun SUN in Analysis on China’s Income Distribution at the Present Stage. (Chosen excepts by JMM to follow) It appears not only between the urban and rural residents, but also among different fields, different areas and so on. The … Continue reading »