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PLA zeroes in on college hiring (4)

By Zhao Shengnan and Li Xiaokun  (China Daily)

09:46, December 22, 2011

Additional benefits

College recruits or not, benefits for Chinese soldiers are improving. Soldiers are paid by the provinces they come from, and the amount is based on the province's economic strength and local cost of living.

This year, one-time pay - in essence, a signing bonus - for each recruit from Shanghai rose from 22,000 yuan ($3,476) to 26,000 yuan ($4,082). Recruits from less-developed Gansu province in Northwest China were paid 12,000 yuan ($1,884) instead of the previous 5,000 yuan ($790).

US-based Associated Press reported that military pay and benefits have improved as China's growing economy offers numerous alternatives. Military service also can lead to careers in security, local government and other areas.

Officers who serve at least 12 years in the PLA are guaranteed a government job after retiring. As of Nov 1, however, local governments stopped providing jobs after completion of military service. However, they will offer job training and compensation to help veterans start a business. This year, the amount was 50,000 yuan in Shanghai and 63,000 in Northeast China's Liaoning province.

The general staff officer said the Labor Law entitles businesses to make their own hiring decisions, so governments - which cannot give administrative orders to private enterprises - must find other ways to help military veterans.

Liu said the reciprocal choice between employees and employers makes it inevitable that veterans will be provided that one-time payment instead of jobs.

"But I believe," the general staff officer said, "as long as they are given opportunities by enterprises, retired soldiers will perform very well based on their honest and persistent character molded in the army."

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