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Millions in China seek government jobs

Chongqing’s civil servant position may pay only 2,000 yuan a month (HK$2,500), but it’s a dream job for some applicants – if they can elbow their way past more than 9,000 competitors. Talk about a tight job market.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 12:44pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 5:17pm
 

Chongqing’s civil servant position may pay only 2,000 yuan a month (HK$2,500), but it’s a dream job for some applicants – if they can elbow their way past more than 9,000 competitors. Talk about a tight job market.

The entry-level jobs in China’s southwestern city have attracted 9,470 applicants, Xinhua reported on Thursday. That’s an average of 116 candidates for one job vacancy.

On the national level, more than 1.5 million candidates – many of them fresh college graduates – are vying for 12,927 available government jobs. The number of job seekers who registered for the 2013 national civil service exam is a record high, Xinhua said.

China’s central government started the exams in 1994 to recruit talent to serve in central and local public sectors. The exam, seen by many as a path to a secure job and stable life, drew 1.4 million for the 2011 test, and 1.3 million for 2012.

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