Less than one month away from graduation, Jiang Zhiquan, a postgraduate student in Nanjing, capital city of east Jiangsu Province, grows anxious day by day as he still hunts for a job.
In his latest effort to grab one, the 26-year-old failed to pass the provincial test for public servants in Jiangsu. “I think may be I was born at the wrong time,” Jiang said jokingly when talking about the fierce competition he is facing.
The number of college graduates this year is expected to hit a record high since 1949, with some 6.99 million students graduating from vocational colleges and universities, up 190,000 year on year, according to the Ministry of Education.
The pressure of finding a job is mounting, even in municipalities like Beijing and Shanghai. Statistics from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission showed that only 44.4 percent of the city’s university graduates had signed employment contracts by May 10, down 2 percentage points year on year.
In stark contrast to Jiang’s anxiety, some local officials are taking advantage of their power to secure jobs for their sons or daughters.
In one scandal, a government official in central China’s Henan Province was suspended from his position following the discovery of his son’s fake employment by an anonymous tipster, according to local authorities Wednesday.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor
The China Data Center at Tsinghua University recently published a study revealing that new graduates who happen to be the children of Communist Party officials have a substantial advantage compared to their classmates. Starting salaries for these lucky few are nearly 15 percent higher than those of their peers who have no filial government connections. … Continue reading »
Reza Hasmath, Benjamin Ho and Elaine M. Liu estimate wage differentials between ethnic minorities and the Han majority in China from 1989 to 2006 in Ethnic Minority Disadvantages in China’s Labor Market? on seh.ox.ac.uk (Adapted choosen excerpts by JMM to follow) A decade after market reforms commenced in 1978, the Communist Party of China (CPC) abandoned its job assignment system. In … Continue reading »