Main­land China de­nies an ex­o­dus from civil ser­vice due to aus­ter­ity

The China Post - - COMMENTARY - BY XU WEI

A se­nior main­lan­der of­fi­cial has de­nied claims that there has been a surge in the num­ber of civil ser­vants resigning amid the con­tin­u­ing gov­ern­ment fru­gal­ity cam­paign.

Li Zhong, a spokesman for the Min­istry of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity, was re­spond­ing to re­ports that thou­sands of civil ser­vants are turn­ing to job-hunt­ing web­sites to seek new ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Li told a news con­fer­ence that the re­ports are un­founded, though he ad­mit­ted that a num­ber of civil ser­vants in some de­part­ments are seek­ing new job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This is just the nor­mal flow of tal­ent in the job mar­ket. We need to keep in mind that while a cer­tain num­ber of civil ser­vants are leav­ing the public sec­tor, a lot of new tal­ent joins the ranks of civil ser­vants each year,” he said.

A re­port is­sued by re­cruit­ment web­site Zhaopin on March 29 shows that more than 10,000 public sec­tor em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing civil ser­vants and staff mem­bers at public in­sti­tu­tions, have sub­mit­ted their re­sumes to po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers through the site since Fe­bru­ary.

The num­ber was 34 per­cent higher than in the same pe­riod last year. Real es­tate, fi­nance and e-com­merce are the sec­tors that civil ser­vants find most at­trac­tive.

Public sec­tor em­ploy­ees who have re­signed form the largest group in the list of job seek­ers us­ing Zhaopin. Rea­sons for resigning in­cluded dis­ap­point­ment with pay and con­di­tions, and a lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties for ca­reer devel­op­ment, the re­port said.

Li, the min­istry spokesman, said the fact that a cer­tain num­ber of of­fi­cials are resigning is in line with the nor­mal be­hav­ior of the jobs mar­ket, and this will cre­ate a flow of tal­ent among public ser­vants.

“The author­ity will con­tinue to pay close at­ten­tion to the sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

There have been other signs that the public sec­tor is los­ing some of its ap­peal.

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