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

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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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