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.
© ChinTell Ltd. All rights reserved.
Sponsored by HSBC.
The Week in China website and the weekly magazine publications are owned and maintained by ChinTell Limited, Hong Kong. Neither HSBC nor any member of the HSBC group of companies ("HSBC") endorses the contents and/or is involved in selecting, creating or editing the contents of the Week in China website or the Week in China magazine. The views expressed in these publications are solely the views of ChinTell Limited and do not necessarily reflect the views or investment ideas of HSBC. No responsibility will therefore be assumed by HSBC for the contents of these publications or for the errors or omissions therein.