Job search tough for Chinese female college grads

13:56, November 10, 2010      

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The difficulties in the employment of Chinese female college graduates have become an undeniable social issue, according to the "2009-2010 Blue Book on the Lives of Women" recently released by the Women of China Magazine and women's development and rights departments of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF).

The blue book includes China's first "Survey Report on Employment of Female College Graduates" compiled by the women's development department of the ACWF.

There were a total of 6.1 million new college graduates across China in 2009, along with 7.1 million job-seeking college graduates including those who graduated in previous years, of which, 48 percent were female college graduates. The growing employment difficulties facing female college graduates have directly affected not only their equal rights of survival and development but also the livelihood of several millions households and social stability.

More than 40 percent of the female college graduates respondents graduated from Beijing-based universities and the rest graduated from Shanghai, Tianjin, Xi'an and other major cities. The number of female college graduate respondents who graduated from key universities was higher than those who graduated from non-key universities. Over 55 percent of the respondents are from urban areas and about 45 percent are from rural areas, and 70 percent are bachelor's degree graduates.

The survey shows that the female college graduate respondents received one interview or written exam opportunity for every nine submitted resumes. About 57 percent were aware that they had less employment opportunities than male college graduates, and about 92 percent believed that employers show sex bias. Around 40 percent said it is more difficult for them to land a job than male college graduates. Employment difficulties facing Chinese female college graduates have become an undeniable social issue.

By People's Daily Online


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