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Youths want fair play in job-hunting


18:37, June 04, 2013

BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Less than one month away from graduation, Jiang Zhiquan, a postgraduate student in Nanjing, capital city of east Jiangsu Province, grows anxious day by day as he still hunts for a job.

In his latest effort to grab one, the 26-year-old failed to pass the provincial test for public servants in Jiangsu. "I think may be I was born at the wrong time," Jiang said jokingly when talking about the fierce competition he is facing.

The number of college graduates this year is expected to hit a record high since 1949, with some 6.99 million students graduating from vocational colleges and universities, up 190,000 year on year, according to the Ministry of Education.

The pressure of finding a job is mounting, even in municipalities like Beijing and Shanghai. Statistics from the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission showed that only 44.4 percent of the city's university graduates had signed employment contracts by May 10, down 2 percentage points year on year.

In stark contrast to Jiang's anxiety, some local officials are taking advantage of their power to secure jobs for their sons or daughters.

In one scandal, a government official in central China's Henan Province was suspended from his position following the discovery of his son's fake employment by an anonymous tipster, according to local authorities Wednesday.

Zhao Shuqi, director of the River Management Department of the Yexian County Water Conservancy Bureau, had arranged for his son Zhao Zihang to receive a salary from the department since 2007, despite the fact that he does not actually work there. Zhao is still a vocational college student.

The fake employment scandal was exposed amid a series of quick promotions of young Chinese people born after 1980 that had resulted in heated online discussions on equal access to opportunities for youths.

A young professor in Wuhan University was also the subject of an online debate last month. Born in 1985, Deng Hexiang, surprised many of his peers who are still at the early stage of their careers by a brief introduction posted on the official website of Wuhan University in central China's Hubei Province.

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