Category: Candidates, Labor and Worker

12/27/12

Permalink 03:45:20 pm, by dacare, 335 words, 401 views   English (US)
Categories: Announcements, Candidates, Labor and Worker

Central Economic Working Conference aims at guaranteeing people’s livelihood

The Central Economic Working Conference (CEWC) proposes the government enhance people’s livelihood and improve the standard of living. The goal is to be addressed under the guidelines of “keeping the bottom line, highlighting the key points, improving the mechanism and positively guiding the public opinion”.

The CEWC highlighted guaranteeing the basic life of low-income people. The government pledges to finance students born in poor families. Attention will be paid to stabilizing and expanding employment. The government will also strive to create more job opportunities for college students.

The government plans to shore up the development of small businesses and push large enterprises to recommit to corporate social responsibilities. The social insurance systems in both rural and urban areas will be enhanced. China will continue to intensify the construction and management of affordable housing and accelerate the transformation of shantytowns.

The Chinese government vows to lead people to setting in mind that to improve the living standard or become well-off is through hard work.

“To guarantee people’s livelihood requires the government to not only make every effort, but also have a clear evaluation of its own capability. To ‘keep the bottom line and highlight key points’ is very important,” commented Zhang Li Qun, researcher of macro-economic department in Development Research Center of the State Council.

Zhang said that one of the key points of the government’s work is to provide basic public services, and the bottom line is to guarantee the basic livelihood of people. The low-income group is problematic in society, and they especially need the help from the government. Furthermore, with the slowdown of economic growth and the promotion of economic restructuring, some people’s employment and income is expected to be affected. Therefore, the corresponding guarantees should be prepared earlier.

Zhang came up with one conclusion: that to improve people’s livelihood, on one hand the government should expand economic input, and on the other hand people should create wealth through hard work. Neither of the two should be neglected.

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12/25/12

Permalink 10:49:22 am, by dacare, 107 words, 667 views   English (US)
Categories: Recruiting & HR Tips and Practices, Candidates, Labor and Worker, HR News Express

Recruitment kicks off for Disney Shanghai theme park

Walt Disney Co started a recruitment campaign in China on Tuesday for its new theme park in Shanghai.

A total of 39 positions are being offered on the company's website to support the resort project in Shanghai's Pudong district.

Positions include assistant contract manager, IT infrastructure manager, and employees responsible for administrative management matters, purchasing, and engineering projects.

The resort, which is expected to open in 2015, will have a theme park, two hotels, various dining and entertainment venues, recreational facilities, a lake and transportation hubs.

The total investment is expected to reach 24.5 billion yuan ($3.84 billion) for the theme park and 4.5 billion yuan for the hotels and other facilities.

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12/21/12

Permalink 10:23:43 am, by dacare, 285 words, 433 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker, HR News Express

Over 12 million jobs created in China this year: Report

BEIJING: The Chinese government today said it has created 12.02 million new jobs in the first 11 months of this year surpassing the goal of 9 million.

The urban registered unemployment rate stood at 4.1 per cent at the end of September, below the annual target of 4.6 per cent, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) said.

The employment situation has been better than expected this year amid the backdrop of slowing global economic recovery and downward pressures weighing on the domestic economy, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Human Resources Minister Yin Weimin as saying.

Meanwhile, massive layoffs have also been rare this year, as a continuous labour shortage left employers more prudent about staff cuts, Zhou added.

Yin said the focus of next year's work will still be employment for college graduates, an expanding population that has hit 6.8 million this year.

China will carry out and improve policies in support of the employment and entrepreneurship of college graduates, expand their employment areas and introduce public recruitment services to campuses, Yin said.

To boost employment, the government also vowed to support the development of small and micro enterprises and strengthen social responsibility among large enterprises at the conference held on December 15 and 16.

China's total urban population in search of employment reached 25 million in 2012, far exceeding the 12 million new jobs created annually in recent years, data show.

Analysts have pointed out that in addition to the pressure to create more jobs, there is a notable gap between the skills of the unemployed and the skills required for certain positions.

Most industries in China are currently facing a serious shortage of skilled workers. The manufacturing sector alone, according to the MHRSS, is in need of about 4 million senior technicians.

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12/20/12

Permalink 10:02:39 am, by dacare, 388 words, 1110 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker, Manufacturing & Industry

French journalists expose Foxconn again

iPhone 5 factory in a bad way

Claims by Apple and Foxconn that they had fixed the labour problems have turned out to be spin, according to a French expose by Envoyé Spécial.

Journalists from the public TV station France 2 went undercover at the Zhengzhou iPhone 5 Foxconn factory.

The programme, which is sort of a French Panorama, found many of the same problems the Chinese manufacturer and Apple promised to fix earlier this year.

According to Engadget, the report uncovers a nightmare of working conditions. Workers were forced to stay in partly built dorm rooms that had no elevators, electricity or running water.

A Foxconn manager was filmed warning workers not to plug devices into dorms that did have electricity, saying that eight workers were killed in a fire after overloading circuits.

Hacks interviewed lower-paid student employees who were of legal age to work there but were essentially slave labour. Corrupt school administrators told them they'd lose their diplomas if they didn't take a job at the plant.

Regular workers also claimed that much of their upgraded $290 monthly salary was still being absorbed by the company through housing, insurance and food charges.

Envoyé Spécial found that Foxconn had methods of clawing back wages from employees. These included a $7 for a psychological test supposed to weed out suicidal candidates. Foxconn does not pay, but workers did.

Foxconn is under pressure from Apple to turn out shedloads of the shiny toys to keep the wealthy and clueless of the world happy.

One employee said it is so difficult to meet the quota, the company has to recruit all the time to stem the turnover of frustrated workers.

Foxconn didn't discuss the above findings with French reporters on camera but has since admitted that it was not perfect.

It said that the company was making progress and was a market leader in meeting the needs of the new generation of workers in China.

Apple told Envoyé Spécial that its subcontractors were required to provide safe working conditions, dignity and respect to employees.

Apple said that it insisted all of its suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever its products are made.

However, neither Apple nor Foxconn seemed keen to have another round of investigations at the new plant.

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12/18/12

Permalink 03:16:48 pm, by dacare, 652 words, 1008 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker, HR News Express

China Labor Market Report 2012

China's Labor Market Report 2012 just released in Beijing shows a large number of university students left campus without finding a job in the past decade. Experts believe that unversity recruitment expansion is not the cause of high unemployment among graduates. Boosting education reform and adjusting demand and supply in the labor market is the key to the solution.

The expansion of college recruitment started in 1999 when 1.6 million students were admitted to universities and colleges in China that year. The figure was 50 percent higher than the previous year.

After that, the student recruitment scale kept growing at a fast pace; in 2012, more than 68 million students entered universities and colleges.

Since 2002, the year when the first batch of students in the recruitment expansion period graduated, to 2012, more than 47 million college students graduated and entered the labor market. Their skill and knowledge effectively enhanced the general level of the labor force. Statistics show that less than 5 percent of the labor force in the year 2000 had received a higher education, this figure reached more than 10 percent in 2010.

However, the Dean of Chinese Academy of Personnel Science Wu Jiang says the rate of employees with a higher education in the Chinese labor market still lags behind other countries.

"This rate is far from sufficient. The figure in some countries already reached about 20 percent in 2005. We hope to achieve this goal in 2020."

Analysis indicates that if there were no college recruitment expansion, the pressure in the labor market may come more from the low-end market. It's hard to imagine what influence a large scale low-end labor market would have on the country in terms of the economy and family life.

In spite of the improvements, the first time employment rate among college graduates remain low. Figures show that from 2002 to 2012, more than 30 percent of the college graduates failed to find jobs before they graduate. That is to say, more than 1 million college graduates are unemployed every year.

The Labor Market Report 2012 also points out that among those unemployed, 40 percent are students of law, economic management, accounting, business and foreign trade. But 90 percent of the students majoring in science and technology, medical science, agriculture, education are employed following graduation.

Tang Min, counselor at China State Council says education reform is one of the key causes.

"The biggest problem is our education reform didn't follow up. A significant amount of students have a hard time in catching up the changes in the society and our universities failed to give them sufficient base knowledge to tackle the changes."

Dean of Economic Management Institute of Beijing Normal University Lai Desheng believes that the recruitment expansion should not be blamed for the college graduates' high unemployment rate.

The report also points out that there is a regional imbalance in the labor market because students prefer larger cities.

Xie Ying, is the director of medical reform team at a medical bureau in Bijie, a low income city in Guizhou Province.

"Most college graduates choose to work in bigger cities like Guiyang or Zunyi, rather than Bijie. Some students whose hukou, or residency permit, is here choose to come back to Bijie but there are very few who would like to work here."

The China Labor Market Report 2012 figures show that in the past 10 years, only 12 percent of the new graduates are willing to work in rural areas, and no big change has been seen in the rate since 2002.

Despite the fact that economic development in China's less developed mid- and western areas has improved in recent years, more than 50 percent of the graduates still choose to work in the east where the economy is better developed. Students who possessed master's and doctor's degree will spare no effort to find employment in cities like Beijing and Shanghai. This phenomenon remains prevalent.

Popular employment choices for graduates are education, public management, social organization and manufacturing. Information industry, media, real estate and commercial services are also popular.

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12/10/12

Permalink 12:11:17 am, by dacare, 267 words, 482 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker, HR News Express

Economic slowdown bites China's employment: official

BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's job market is feeling the pressure from the country's economic downshift, as new job growth slows and more people become unemployed, a senior employment official said Monday.

"The impact of economic slowdown on the job market is starting to emerge," said Vice Minister of Human Resources and Social Security Yang Zhiming at a press conference on the sidelines of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which opened on Nov. 8.

The growth of newly added jobs in cities has been narrowing since April, while job vacancies have dropped with higher registered unemployed number, Yang said.

"China will continue to face the problem of labor oversupply for a long time," he told reporters.

China's job market is under great pressure this year as nearly 7 million college graduates have entered the job market, while migrant workers and unemployed urbanites still have difficulty getting full employment, said Yang.

China's urban registered unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent at the end of September, unchanged from the second quarter of 2012, according to official figures. It was lower than the officially set ceiling of 4.6 percent this year.

The country created 10.24 million new jobs in urban areas in the first nine months, exceeding the annual target of 9 million for this year.

Yang said the government will boost labor-intensive industries as well as strategic emerging industries to bring job growth along with economic development.

He said the government will encourage college students to work in the central-western regions or start their own businesses, facilitate the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises and offer better training for rural workers.

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