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PLA zeroes in on college hiring (5)

By Zhao Shengnan and Li Xiaokun  (China Daily)

09:46, December 22, 2011

Migrant work vs army

The new employment policy, despite its improvements, may be not appealing enough for youths coming from poverty-stricken areas. On average, they can earn much more as migrant workers in affluent areas, the general staff officer said.

"I think central government's regulation can balance uneven levels of compensation from region to region," he said. "However, the western and central provinces are willing, but incapable of giving as much money as the developed regions do."

An officer in the Gansu Recruitment Office argued that despite Northwest China's gap with developed Eastern China, the annual pay for Gansu recruits has equaled or even surpassed local income levels. The provincial average is 15,000 yuan a year.

With the military providing free food, clothing and dorm housing and a monthly subsidy of 500 or 600 yuan, the recruitment officer said, the annual net income for a soldier will be more than for a migrant worker, a choice that is especially alluring to rural youth.

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