Skilled workers’ status, pay on track for a raise
China plans to improve the salaries and social status of skilled workers as increasing demand has resulted in a human resources shortage. The central government has invested more than 2 billion yuan ($311.8 million; 254 million euros; £223 million) to enhance the country’s capability for training skilled talent, and improvements have been made in their work. Currently, there are 476 State-level training bases for highly skilled talent and 594 specially established workshops for masters who can train apprentices. The number of highly skilled people in the country reached more than 47.9 million by the end of 2016, according to a statement from the Professional Capacity Building Department of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.