Planet China

Wash and go

A recent controversy in the city of Xiamen, Fujian province, offers a curious barometer for the state of the Chinese job market.

Confident that lots of unemployed graduates would like to join its ranks, the local public security bureau advertised a new vacancy. Applicants needed to be “good looking”, female, taller than 1.58 metres, with a degree in Chinese or journalism and at least two year’s experience as a secretary.

According to the China Youth Daily the notice added that the successful candidate’s responsibilities would entail washing food in the station’s kitchen and working as a press officer. And for this they’d earn $120 a month.

The unusual combination of job responsibilities was deemed “absurd” by media commentators. Embarrassed officials have since drafted an ad with more modest requirements.

But the local press reports that – so far – no one has applied.


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