Grad­u­ates urged to take po­si­tions in ru­ral ar­eas

Over 2 mil­lion ap­ply to sit civil ser­vice exam, with ap­pli­cants pre­fer­ring jobs in big cities

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHAO XINY­ING and ZHANG ZHI­HAO Con­tact the writ­ers at zhaoxiny­ing@chi­nadaily.

The gov­ern­ment is loos­en­ing the re­quire­ments for peo­ple ap­ply­ing for civil ser­vice po­si­tions in re­mote and un­der­de­vel­oped ar­eas to at­tract more ap­pli­cants, ac­cord­ing to a hu­man re­sources of­fi­cial.

The amend­ment means that some of th­ese posts set fewer lim­its re­lated to the ap­pli­cants’ work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ed­u­ca­tional back­grounds, in­clud­ing their ed­u­ca­tion level and ma­jor, said Li Zhong, a spokesman for the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source­sandSo­cialSe­cu­rity.

For some po­si­tions in big cities or those open to peo­ple from a wider range of back­grounds — for ex­am­ple one at the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the China Demo­cratic League’s re­cep­tion of­fice — al­most 10,000 peo­ple com­peted for one va­cancy, while there were still hun­dreds of po­si­tions in re­mote or poor ar­eas re­ceiv­ing very few or even no ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, 2.11 mil­lion peo­ple reg­is­tered for the public ser­vants’ ex­ams this year. As of Tues­day, the day after ap­pli­ca­tions closed, 1.36 mil­lion had been ap­proved to sit the exam. Li said this fig­ure would keep grow­ing be­fore the ap­proval pro­ce­dure ends.

Yang Xiao­jun, a pro­fes­sor of ad­min­is­tra­tive law at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Gov­er­nance, said peo­ple’s main con­cerns in pick­ing gov­ern­ment jobs are lo­ca­tion, ben­e­fits and work­ing con­di­tions.

“Peo­ple pre­fer jobs in big

Peo­ple pre­fer jobs in big cities, with a de­cent salary, safe work­ing con­di­tions and pres­tige.”

pro­fes­sor at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Gov­er­nance

Yang Xiao­jun, cities, with a de­cent salary, safe work­ing con­di­tions and pres­tige. This is why jobs in cus­toms and cen­tral gov­ern­ment agen­cies are more popular than those in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas,” he said.

To re­verse the im­bal­ance, Li said that the process this year en­cour­ages young peo­ple to take jobs at the grass­roots level, par­tic­u­larly in re­mote and poor ar­eas.

Dai Youqing, a master’s grad­u­ate­fromPek­ingUniver­sity’s School of Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ap­plied for a post at the press of­fice of the Ser­vice In­dus­tryRe­search Cen­ter un­der the State’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Tax­a­tion.

Dai es­ti­mated that 70 per­cent of the stu­dents from her class ap­plied for the exam and she al­ready had more than 200 com­peti­tors for the job she ap­plied for.

“My chance of get­ting in is slim, but at least it’s an op­tion,” Dai said.

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