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'Lost' staff prompt a headache

By Qiu Quanlin (China Daily)

14:36, February 04, 2012

Recruiters sitting idle in Guangzhou, Guangdong province as fewer people apply for jobs. Businesses in the province are having difficulty in finding enough workers following China's Lunar New Year holiday. (Photo / China Daily)

Many employees haven't returned to work after the nation's holiday for New Year

GUANGZHOU - It took nearly 20 minutes for Ruan Ruyi to get lunch at a fast food restaurant in downtown Guangzhou on Friday.

"It took less than five minutes to have a meal previously. But now it seems much slower because there are fewer waiters at the restaurant," said Ruan, 32, a white-collar worker in the capital city of South China's Guangdong province.

At the Yonghe King restaurant in downtown Tianhe district, the three waiters on duty were busy serving meals to customers.

"Many workers have not returned after the Spring Festival. The shortage of waiters has affected our business," said the restaurant manager.

Many businesses in Guangdong, ranging from restaurants and toy makers to other manufacturing companies, have been hit by a labor shortage after the traditional Chinese Spring Festival.

As of Jan 30, some 3.2 million migrant workers had returned to Guangdong, according to sources at the provincial human resources and social security authorities on Thursday.

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