China de­nies ex­o­dus of civil ser­vice bu­reau­crats amid anti-graft drive

The China Post - - SPORTS -

A Chi­nese of­fi­cial pub­licly de­nied Fri­day ru­mors of an ex­o­dus of bu­reau­crats from the civil ser­vice fol­low­ing re­ports of wide­spread dis­con­tent over poor work­ing con­di­tions and an an­ti­cor­rup­tion drive.

Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity spokesman Li Zhong told re­porters that some res­ig­na­tions were to be ex­pected but noth­ing un­usual had been de­tected.

“Judg­ing from sta­tis­ti­cal fig­ures and our sur­veys at some cen­tral gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies, there is no no­tice­able surge in the num­ber of civil ser­vants leav­ing their posts,” Li said at a news con­fer­ence.

Such com­ments from gov­ern­ment spokes­men are ex­tremely rare and ap­pear to show the au­thor­i­ties are se­ri­ously con­cerned about fall­ing morale among civil ser­vants. A revered in­sti­tu­tion since im­pe­rial times, the Chi­nese civil ser­vice’s perks and near unas­sail­able job se­cu­rity have faded in at­trac­tive­ness amid a bur­geon­ing pri­vate sec­tor in a trend now seen as ac­cel­er­at­ing.

Re­cent re­ports and sur­veys show Chi­nese are turn­ing away from once-high cov­eted civil ser­vice jobs be­cause of heavy work­loads and low pay.

Many are also be­lieved to fear be­ing caught up in the an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paign, which has re­moved a key in­cen­tive for those who abuse their po­si­tions for per­sonal gain.

One re­cent sur­vey showed res­ig­na­tions of bu­reau­crats this year had risen 34 per­cent over the same pe­riod last year, while a popular head­hunt­ing web­site this month said it had list­ings for 10,000 civil ser­vants look­ing to change jobs.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the an­nual civil ser­vice exam have also fallen in many prov­inces, while about one in three peo­ple who signed up last year even­tu­ally skipped the test.

China has about 10 mil­lion civil ser­vants ar­ranged in a strict hi­er­ar­chy who are over­seen by the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party.

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