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For young job seekers, low pay is key problem

By Dong Zhen (Shanghai Daily)

08:50, March 30, 2012

THE biggest concern for local young people looking for jobs is salaries, which they think are too low, according to a survey released yesterday by the city human resource authority.

The online survey questioned 1,400-plus unemployed people under 35 across all districts of the city. Some 42 percent said they were still jobless because the salaries they had been offered failed to meet their expectations, said the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

The No. 2 problem was their lack of professional skills and capabilities, mainly low educational levels and inexperience, the survey showed.

Salary and bonus packages and the distance between home and workplace were the top two concerns cited when people looked for jobs, ahead of the position itself and company prospects and environment.

Almost 13 percent of the respondents said their parents intervened too much in their job-hunting efforts.

Some 46 percent said they prefer the Internet for recruitment information, while the traditional platform of job fairs was only an alternative for only 12.5 percent, the survey found.

By end of last year, about 80,000 people below 35 years old in Shanghai were unemployed, about 30 percent of the total unemployed population citywide under government registry. About a quarter of these young residents had been jobless for one year or longer.


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