Young party members 'top earners'

Survey of 'post-80s' generation finds high pay tied to official status

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 3:56am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 5:31pm

Many of Shanghai's top young earners are party members, a survey has found.

Once viewed as the angry generation, those born in the 1980s have settled down into family life, earning an average of 60,000 yuan (HK$75,450) per year in the financial capital, the poll by Fudan University found.

About a third of respondents made less than 3,000 yuan a month, while about half earned between 3,000 yuan and 10,000 yuan.

A tenth were deemed "high-income earners", making more than 10,000 yuan a month.

It did not say how much more members of the Communist Party made compared to their colleagues without official affiliation.

But two-thirds of earners in the highest bracket were party members, the poll found.

The general employment for those born in the 1980s was "stable", survey researchers said, with more than 40 per cent of respondents saying they had yet to switch jobs.

The "post-80s" generation was once viewed as rebellious and spoiled, but the survey suggested they were actually following traditional norms and values.

About 53 per cent of the respondents are married. About 56 per cent said they wanted two children, while another 40 per cent said they would prefer a single-child family.

Nearly 75 per cent of the young parents said it was essential their children embraced traditional Chinese values, such as being filial, honest and polite.

Li Chunling, a sociologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who led a nationwide study on the post-80s generation last year, said the group was not homogenised.

"There is distinct segmentation among the country's post-80s generation, into young migrant workers, college graduates and well-educated elites," Li said.

The Shanghai survey is part of Fudan University's research programme into social changes in the Yangtze River Delta. Similar surveys will be conducted in Jiangsu and Zhejiang province.

According to the Shanghai Statistics Bureau, the average annual income per person was 43,851 yuan last year.