Hoping for Beijing hukou, grads swarm to take social work exam

14:38, March 30, 2011      

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With 46 applicants for every one position available, competition for social worker positions in Beijing will be fiercer than ever before.

The Beijing Social Workers Exam closed its exam registration at yesterday midnight and awaits the following competitive selection to start. More than 46,000 applicants registered to compete for only 1,000 posts, data from the recruitment website shows.

Test will be even more competitive than the public servant exam, which had a `13-to-1 ratio of applicants to positions.

Registration for the exam is unusually high this year because there is no major limit for recruitment. Also, this is the first time the exam will accept graduates who do not hold a Beijing hukou, a household registration entitling a person to the rights and privileges of a resident of the city.

Last year, the registration-to-recruitment ratio was 5-to-1, and the ratio of those who took the exam to those who were recruited was nearly 3-to-1.

A deeper social reason is the potential chance to gain a Beijing hukou. After a two-year evaluation, social workers may get the green light on a Beijing hukou by transferring the personal archives and hukou documents to the talent resource center in the appropriate Beijing districts.

Another benefit comes from the working experience in social base, which can be capitalized to compete for public servant posts.

To start a career working with residential communities, said an official from the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau, cultivates better understanding of public concerns. The official said it also helps the newly-graduated develop the ability to serve at the grassroots level, unlike going directly into government organizations on graduation.

As for the talent attraction measure, Beijing will make efforts to improve management of the social workers. Apart from the remunerations and benefits equal to those working at the district or county-level government-financed institutions, a contract term as long as three years is essential to foster the loyalties and passions needed to carry out social work.

By Li Yancheng, People's Daily Online

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