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Job seekers snub metros

By Liang Yiwen (Shanghai Daily)

08:41, October 17, 2012

CHINA'S first-tier cities are no longer the top choice for college students to find a job amid growing pressure of big city life, an employment survey has revealed.

More than 30 percent of respondents in the survey said they would prefer to go back to their hometown after graduation, outnumbering those who intend to stay back and work in big cities.

About 20 percent planned to look for a job in first-tier cities - Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. About 15 percent chose the developed coastal region.

These were followed by provincial capitals and second-tier cities, according to the survey which polled nearly 100,000 students about to graduate next year.

Development opportunities, proximity to families and living conditions were the major factors influencing students' choice for place of work, according to the report which was unveiled by the employment website

"This suggests that the students are quite realistic and mature," the report said.

The majority of college graduates expect their first salary to be between 2,000 yuan (US$319.1) and 4,000 yuan. Post-graduates expected salaries of 6,000-8,000 yuan.

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