Shanghai has 15,000 jobs for such people with 'special skills' Shanghai has announced the creation of a 'grey-collar' class to highlight the importance of jobs that require both manual and intellectual skills. Sixty students at Shanghai Vocational Training Centre studying clothing design are part of a training programme for what the city government calls the first grey-collar class examination, along with other students studying electrical engineering and jewellery design. Workers are normally put into four categories: white-collar and blue-collar workers, the 'gold-collar' class of rich private company bosses, and government and Communist Party cadres, who belong to a class of their own. The grey-collar class, which sits between the white- and blue-collar class, does jobs that require both manual and intellectual skills, earning more than unskilled labourers and often more than people in office jobs. 'Grey-collar jobs will become a major focus for young people seeking jobs in the future,' said Zhu Jun, director of the Shanghai Labour and Social Welfare Bureau. 'They are a new kind of person with their own special knowledge and skills. They are well educated, have good technical knowledge and good manual skills.' As examples, he cited advertising designers, cartoonists, car engineers and other types of skilled technicians. The city has 15,000 vacancies for such people, while it has a surfeit of manual labourers and university graduates with academic degrees, many of whom cannot find work. Shanghai has been chosen as the first city to promote the concept of the grey-collar class, the Oriental Morning News said. 'This class is not an intermediate stage between blue and white but an independent class in its own right, with its own skills and knowledge,' it said. 'There will be many new jobs in this class.' The government has identified this new class to try to persuade parents and children of the viability of professions outside of finance, accounting, business administration, foreign trade, computer engineering, insurance and securities, which are the most popular among students. One primary school teacher said: 'In the 1950s, my father's generation talked of a classless society, which the communists promised. Now we realise it was too idealistic. China must become rich before it can become communist. Our society is like those of the capitalist countries now.'