Latest News:  


Manufacturing turns youth off


10:42, January 27, 2013

CHONGQING -- China's young generation are losing interest in entering the manufacturing industry, a trend further hampering prospects for economic growth as a labor force shortage looms large.

"In the past two years, fewer and fewer new graduates have chosen to work in factories, and the people we recruit now are mostly rural migrant workers over 35 years old," said Zhang Shuyu, human resources director of an auto gears company based in Chongqing, Southwest China.

Zhang used to have a large pool of candidates to choose from, but the trend now has reversed, even provided with more favorable welfare packages.

During a Chongqing job fair in early January, an aluminum processing plant offering workers a monthly salary from 2,800 yuan ($450) along with free food and accommodation received applications from only 20 high school graduates.

On the other hand, a real-estate corporation hiring property management personnel with a salary of 2,500 yuan reaped hundreds of applications, many of which were from college grads.

For many Chinese youth born after 1980, manufacturing represents an arduous yet underpaid career, so they are increasingly interested in cushy jobs in the service sector, according to Song Fei, a division head of the Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau of Chongqing.

Song attributed the change to low payment and noted that China's manufacturing is still at a labor-intensive stage.

Compared with their predecessors, China's post-80s and 90s generation place more value in the working atmosphere and self-development opportunities, something often ignored by factory managers, said the HR chief.

China is facing a shrinking work force.

At a news conference a week ago, China's top statistics official, Ma Jiantang, revealed that the country's working-age population dropped in 2012, for the first time in decades.

We recommend:

Report on the rich in China released

Sales boosting measures for Spring Festival

1st express sleeper train starts operation

Top 10 most transparent multinational companies

Top Ten Economic Events in 2012

Beijing leads nation on rich list


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. China's 1st jumbo airfreighter takes off

  2. Demonstrations held in Egypt

  3. Berlusconi delivers speech for elections

  4. Young travelers during Spring Festival rush

  5. Chinese saying 'No' to food waste

  6. Images of ‘the innocent’

  7. Li Na faces falls, defeat light-heartedly

  8. 2013 Miss Tourism International kicks off

  9. Apple retail stores hold sales activities

  10. Bright neon portraits of exotic life underwater

Most Popular


  1. Princess's unique perspective for cultural integration
  2. Who is to blame for death of 38 hostages in Algeria?
  3. US needs to rethink rebalancing
  4. Chinese consumption grossly underestimated
  5. Western debt addiction poisonous to world
  6. Only dialogue can melt ice between China, Japan
  7. Teacher says 'left-behind' children need respect
  8. Scientist wants food waste criminalized
  9. Japan's policies helpless to economic resurgence
  10. Why does shortcut mentality prevail in China?

What’s happening in China

Photo story: The art of food, the art of life

  1. City apologizes for road closures
  2. SW China police bust sex video extortion ring
  3. Fewer Chinese overseas students staying abroad
  4. Claims ex-police chief owns 16 properties denied
  5. Beijing to implement new emission standard