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Automation in China – Delivery firm is moving to embrace it (video)

Orange robots at the company’s sorting stations are able to identify the destination of a package through a code-scan, virtually eliminating sorting mistakes. Shentong’s army of robots can sort up to 200,000 packages a day, and are self-charging, meaning they are operational 24/7. The company estimates its robotic sorting system is saving around 70-percent of … Continue reading

China – No acute skills gap, but a lack of soft skills report says

As China moves towards a services- and knowledge-driven economy, one of the main constraints will lie in the ability of its workforce to gain the requisite skills and knowledge to make the transition to a high-income country. There is little evidence to suggest that China suffers from an acute skills gap across wide occupational areas. … Continue reading

China – The sex-ratio effects of family planning policies

China’s family planning policies are one set of the most fundamental social policies in China and are more complex than the simplified notion of a one-child policy. The Chinese government initiated the family planning policies in 1962; the well-known one-child policy had only been implemented since 1980. Even after 1980, there were considerable regional and … Continue reading

China – New guidelines for displaced workers

China etched in details of plans to help workers laid off from the bloated coal and steel industries, saying assistance would include career counseling, early retirement and help in starting businesses, among other measures. New guidelines released by seven Chinese ministries over the weekend build on previously announced commitments to restructure the coal and steel … Continue reading

China – Labour protections are coming under fire

China’s labour protections are coming under fire from high places as economic restructuring pits officials concerned about social stability against a lobby arguing inflexible policies are stifling job creation and suppressing wages. Company executives, especially at foreign or private firms, have long been critical of labour contract legislation and minimum wage laws that make it … Continue reading

China – Steelmaker to cut 50,000 jobs

The global crisis hammering the steel industry is beginning to be felt in China, where one of the country’s biggest producers has said it may let go 50,000 of its 80,000-strong workforce. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Chinese steelmaker readies 50,000 jobs cuts as industry crisis deepens

China – A plan to push back retirement

China has the world’s lowest retirement age. Chinese officials want to shed that distinction. The average retirement age in China is 55, younger age than any other country, a senior social security minister said this week. As a result, he said, officials will soon unveil a plan to push back the country’s retirement age, which … Continue reading

China – What is the real unemployment rate?

What is China’s Unemployment Rate? 4.1% For what month, what year? Doesn’t matter the answer is still 4.1%. That’s a slight exaggeration but for the last 3 years the unemployment rate has been 4.1% almost every month. Indeed, since 2002 the official unemployment rate has varied between 3.9% and 4.3%, an absurdly smooth series. In contrast to … Continue reading

Online Shops in China – Over 10 million jobs have been created in 2014

Over 10 million jobs have been created in 2014 by online shops in China, with over half of them run by enterprising college students, a media report said today. Nearly 60 per cent of online shops operated by individuals rather than enterprises are run by either college students or college graduates, the People’s Daily reported … Continue reading

Vocational Education in China – More than 3,000 new programs last year

Vocational colleges in China established more than 3,000 new programs last year to meet the demand of emerging sectors and to cater to people’s needs, said a report released on Wednesday. The programs subjects, such as the Internet of Things, senior care, community administration, new energy and urban transit, are urgently needed to accommodate plans … Continue reading

Vocational Education in China – More than 130 million people have graduated since 1996

More than 130 million people have graduated from vocational schools and colleges in China since a law on vocational education was promulgated in September 1996, the top legislator said in a report Monday. Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, the top legislature, said in a report delivered to the ongoing … Continue reading

US – Import competition from China reduces manufacturing employment St-Louis Fed finds

In theory, trade is good. In practice, considerable debate exists on whether importing foreign goods has an adverse effect on the domestic economy (and on the labor market in particular). The impact of this effect depends on whether foreign goods compete with or complement local production.  For example, if imported computers can easily substitute for … Continue reading

China – A “Jingying” (elite) job-search platform

Market leader is investing heavily in a new aggressive strategy. In February, presumably in an attempt to move into the area of executive recruiting, it launched the beta version of, a job-search platform that targets the higher end of the recruitment spectrum and provides a platform to connect headhunters and more experienced workers. … Continue reading

China’s Skills Gap – Causes a sizeable share of graduates to take up jobs unrelated to their studies

The skills mismatch, defined as the difference between skills demanded by employers and those available in the market, can be captured using the MyCOS survey data based on the answers of over 150 000 graduates in 2013, six months after graduation. The survey asked graduates to judge whether a certain skill type is important for … Continue reading

China – Employment held up despite slower economic growth Vice Minister of Human Resource and Social Security says

China said on Friday that urban employment held up in the first quarter even as economic growth slowed to a 6-year low, but the labor ministry warned that authorities cannot be “blindly optimistic” as the pace of job creation is slowing.  The urban unemployment rate was at 4.05 percent at the end of March, little … Continue reading

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