More than 1.58 million candidates registered for China’s national civil service exam this year, up from 125,000 in 2003. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
More than 1.58 million candidates registered for China’s national civil service exam this year, up from 125,000 in 2003. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
China jobs

China’s private sector ‘uncertainty’ is pushing young jobseekers to look for work in its vast bureaucracy

  • Millions of talented young Chinese are rejecting the private sector and settling for stable jobs with the nation’s vast civil service
  • Economic uncertainty following the pandemic, a gruelling private sector work culture and good salaries are all luring new graduates

More than 1.58 million candidates registered for China’s national civil service exam this year, up from 125,000 in 2003. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
More than 1.58 million candidates registered for China’s national civil service exam this year, up from 125,000 in 2003. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
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