More over­seas re­turnees eye­ing jobs in civil sec­tor

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By YU RAN in Shang­hai

yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

An in­creas­ing num­ber of grad­u­ates who have re­turned from their over­seas stud­ies are ap­ply­ing to take the civil ser­vant re­cruit­ment ex­ams in Shang­hai, ac­cord­ing to job agen­cies in China.

Zhaopin.com, China’s lead­ing job re­cruit­ment site, said that there were al­most no over­seas re­turnees ap­ply­ing for such ex­ams three years ago in Shang­hai. How­ever, the num­ber of such ap­pli­cants in 2015 surged to 800 and is ex­pected to reach 1,000 this year.

Yang Yanyan, a se­nior con­sul­tant from zhaopin.com, said that one of the main rea­sons behind this trend is that re­turnees, es­pe­cially those who grad­u­ated from fa­mous uni­ver­si­ties with medi­ocre grades, are find­ing it more dif­fi­cult to find a job. As a re­sult, they are will­ing to set­tle for gov­ern­ment po­si­tions, which gen­er­ally of­fer bet­ter job se­cu­rity but do not pay as much as com­pa­nies in the pri­vate sec­tor.

“Most of th­ese ap­pli­cants are from mid­dle-class fam­i­lies. They are not de­mand­ing very high in­comes and are more con­cerned about the sta­bil­ity of the job as they don’t ex­pect their chil­dren to rely on their salaries,” said Yang.

“Fur­ther­more, most em­ploy­ers to­day treat over­seas re­turnees no dif­fer­ently from lo­cal grad­u­ates as study­ing abroad is no longer a big deal for Chi­nese fam­i­lies,” he added.

The Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity re­cently an­nounced that China had 7.16 mil­lion civil ser­vants as of the end of 2015.

Fig­ures from the Shang­hai branch of Bei­jing Of­fcn Future re­cent years been more re­cep­tive to se­cur­ing a job in the civil sec­tor, and that such po­si­tions were “a wise choice” for re­turnees who have “av­er­age abil­i­ties and less am­bi­tious goals”.

Zheng Wenxiu, who grad­u­ated from a US univer­sity last year, said that she was fac­ing dif­fi­culty in find­ing a se­cure job and was rec­om­mended to take the civil ser­vant exam by a friend.

“I’ve changed three jobs within the past year as my for­mer em­ploy­ers are pri­va­te­owned com­pa­nies which have a high turnover of tal­ents. I felt quite in­se­cure in my pre­vi­ous jobs and de­cided to quit,” said Zheng, who is now tak­ing a train­ing course to pre­pare for the exam later this year.

Zheng also be­lieves that she does not have to worry about getting fired or deal­ing with a very stress­ful en­vi­ron­ment if she is hired by a gov­ern­men­tre­lated de­part­ment.

“The only chal­lenge now is that I have to get used to the exam-ori­ented sys­tem and pass the exam with high scores,” added Zheng, who said that her par­ents sup­port her de­ci­sion.

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