Where you should work if you want to make money

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Flag of China  , Shanghai,
Thursday, September 4, 2008

Want to make lots and lots of money in China? And only work five days a week - if you call it work - it will mainly be boozy lunches, playing with your mistress, and then a spot of KTV at night times?

Sorry, you have to be Chinese to get a job in government. It is the most sought after position. Last week they had some government entry exams. Half the people I knew seemed to be busy taking this exam. Like ones in the old days to get entry to the Emperor's court.

Though the exams screen out some, a survey revealed most thought people got their jobs through connections. And what great jobs they are to, with a 6% pay increase this year

Here is this from China Daily:

Civil service hot job for Chinese college grads

BEIJING - The civil service is again among the top of Chinese college grads' list of ideal jobs, almost as hot as multinational companies.

With just one in 60 applicants getting a job, many graduates throng to the civil service exam, a must path to employment. A recent China Youth Daily survey on website portal Netease.com shows around 86 percent of the 2,440 participants polled considered taking the exam.

When asked why, a man surnamed Liu, a law major in Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in the central Hubei Province, said "becoming a civil servant means a lifetime of insurance, stability and being relatively well-paid."

Zhou Yuping, a local customs civil servant, said "I believe I can do something for the public by being a civil servant."

Many others, however, admit they only take the exam as another shot to finding a satisfactory job.

Chen Junrong, a fresh graduate from the central Hunan Province, said "This is a pretty good chance for job hunters in spite of the low success rate. We just take every chance we can get."

In a socialist system such as China, civil service positions used to be described along with words such as "decent," "stable" and "guaranteed." Though the average monthly salary is only about 3,000 yuan (about US$438), employees are well taken care of, receiving much cheaper housing, work meals and better insurance and pension coverage.

In the past decade or so, college grads, however, have increasingly eyed multinationals, attracted to the higher pay as well as a new lifestyle and work environment.

Even so, working for the civil service has increasingly come back into fashion. But why?

"Being in a foreign company you are faced with the high risk of getting fired. Domestic enterprises, on the other hand, don't pay well," said Liu, adding that setting up one's own business mostly led new grads to failure.

Xie Yu, a female English major in the prestigious Nanjing University in the eastern Jiangsu Province, said "The work load in foreign enterprises is too heavy. Though the payment is high, we don't get well-covered on other issues like housing and medicare."

About 68.3 percent of those surveyed believe most civil servants get their jobs through personal relations rather than by qualifications. "Many real elites are swept out by those with (such) backgrounds," a netizen in the southwestern Sichuan Province wrote.

Those who have taken the exam and found employment, however, tell a different story.

"I did really well in the exam and interview, so here I am," said Li Juan, now a Ministry of Health employee. "I don't have any relations (in the civil service)."


And if you are an athlete, and thinking about retiring, there's a job for you in government in Shenzhen:

Shenzhen ensures jobs for ex-champion athletes
By Liang Qiwen

GUANGZHOU: The coastal city Shenzhen in Guangdong province, plans to give employment priority to retired athletic champions of domestic and international competitions.

The city recently announced its employment plan for retired athletes .

But others that have won glory and recognition for their home cities often had difficulty finding employment after retiring from sport because physical training took precedence over education when they were young, Li Xiaofeng, a Guangzhou people's congress deputy, said.

The plan stipulates that Olympic gold medalists and winners of world championships are to be assigned work in State-owned public institutes, which are obligated to employ them.

Other similarly privileged include gold medalists at the Asian Games and National Games, athletes who have broken world, Asian or national records and who have been awarded medals of honor by the state.

The Olympic top eight, the top six world championship and world-cup winners and top three medalists of the Asian Games and National Games are among other retired athletes qualifying for recommendations from the city's human resource department and labor and social security bureau .

The plan, however, includes the precondition that retired athletes have college degrees and a good academic record .

The plight of retired athletes barely able to make ends meet was highlighted when local media discovered famous National Games gold medalist Zou Chunlan from Jilin province working at a local public bathhouse.

Zou, 37, won the women's weightlifting gold medal in the 1990 National Games and broke the national record. She was inundated with donations towards buying her own laundry after the report was published.

The Shenzhen government encourages retired athletes to study at college to make them more socially competitive after they graduate and able to live more rewarding lives.

The government guarantees allowances to athletes enrolling at college, and also financial support for a one-year stint at their original Shenzhen training centers.

Twelve Shenzhen athletes, including race walker Liu Hong, rhythmic gymnast Li Hongyang and NBA star and Chinese national basketball team member Yi Jianlian, took part in the Beijing Games.

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