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Civil service job opportunities highest on record

(Global Times)

10:17, October 14, 2011

China’s annual recruitment for civil servants kicked off Thursday, marking a new round of fierce competition among young talents throughout the country.

More than 130 central government departments and affiliated organizations have offered roughly 18,000 vacancies this year. It’s a 2,000 job increase over the last year, according to an announcement on the website of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

Forty-one customs divisions directly under the General Administration of Customs will recruit 1,755. The national tax system will recruit more than 6,000 new employees, 1,000 more than last year.

During the last 11 years, the number of people recruited quadrupled from 4,500 in 2001 to more than 16,000 in 2011. At the same time, people registering for the exam increased more, soaring from about 30,000 to 1.41 million, according to the Beijing-based Legal Mirror. The acceptance rate of the civil service exam thus drops from 13.7 percent in 2001 to merely 1.15 percent this year.

“The development of our society requires more people engaging in civil services. But I expect the number will stay steady since our civil service team is already tremendous,” Zhu Lijia, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, told the Global Times Thursday.

Zhang Xiulan, a postgraduate from the Communication University of China, said to the Global Times the news does not comfort her since more postings mean more applicants and more competition.

“The acceptance rate is already slim. Besides, fresh graduates are not eligible for the application for central government posts, which intensifies competition in the posts at local governments. I just want to try my luck,” Zhang said.

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