Mas­sage ther­a­pists top ser­vice sec­tor pay list

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By TANG YUE

Masseurs and masseuses have the best-paid jobs in China’s ur­ban ser­vice in­dus­try, fol­lowed by fit­ness in­struc­tors and nan­nies who take care of new­borns, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by, a job-seek­ing web­site.

The av­er­age monthly earn­ings of these jobs is more than 10,000 yuan ($1,454), much higher than for of­fice work­ers.

The re­port said wage in­creases in the ser­vice sec­tor is a re­sult of peo­ple’s grow­ing at­ten­tion to — and will­ing­ness to pay for — their health.

“I think the salary is rea­son­able. A nanny for new­borns has to take care of both the baby and the mother, and has to stay alert 24 hours a day, which is very de­mand­ing,” said Zhao Xi, 30, who paid 9,000 yuan per month for such Fact box

Top 10 pro­fes­sions in the ser­vice in­dus­try by monthly earn­ings in 2016

a nanny last year.

Zhao, who works in the fi­nance in­dus­try, also hired a per­sonal trainer after giv­ing birth, which cost her 300 yuan per hour.

“It is a bit ex­pen­sive. But I think they de­serve it. I know their diet is very strict as a per­sonal trainer and they also train very hard to keep in shape, in ad­di­tion to giv­ing lessons to clients,” she said.

Thanks to the fast growth of e-com­merce in China, the num­ber of couri­ers has reached 2 mil­lion. With av­er­age monthly earn­ings of about 7,000 yuan per month, they ranked sixth on the list.

Ma Wei­jun works up to 17 hours a day and de­liv­ers about 300 pack­ages dur­ing peak sea­son, earn­ing more than 10,000 per month.

“You never have a reg­u­lar eat­ing sched­ule, and al­most all of the de­liv­ery­men have chronic stom­ach prob­lems,” the 44-year-old said.

De­spite the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion in the past few years, blue-col­lar work­ers are still in short sup­ply in some sec­tions, the re­port said.

For in­stance, the em­ploy­ment gap of air con­di­tion­ing in­stall­ers is about 118,000 na­tion­wide, it said.

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