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Civil service test applications surge (2)

By CHEN XIN (China Daily)

08:15, October 25, 2012

Li attributed the increase in applications to a rise in the number of positions applicants can prove themselves qualified to hold.

More than 140 State-level government agencies and their affiliated public institutions and local branches aim to recruit about 20,800 people in 2013, an increase of nearly 3,000 from this year.

"China will see more than 6 million university graduates next year," Li said. "The economic outlook has not been good since the beginning of this year, and that has made it more difficult for university graduates to find jobs."

Due to a slowing economy, coastal provinces such as Zhejiang and Guangdong, which are home to many promising private companies, have not been offering job seekers a great number of opportunities. As a result, many graduates are looking to the civil servant exam as an alternative way of finding work, he said.

Li said another reason more people applied to take the exam next year is that more than 70 of the vacancies the applicants might be qualified to fill do not require them to have at least two years of work experience. The exceptions to that rule are certain central departments and provincial branches.

Most of those posts are in city and county governments or below.

"Central authorities tend to look more at candidates' grassroots work experience ... and everybody knows that," Li said. "So many university graduates would like to work in grassroots civil service posts before they take an opportunity to apply for jobs at higher levels of government."


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