City experiencing a shortage of workers
With the Spring Festival three weeks away, a majority of employers are having problems getting staff in Shenzhen. usually the shortage of staff happens a months before the festival, however the shortage happen a month ahead than expected.
Restaurants, domestic services and property management are having serious problems hiring staff, especially unskilled labor and had to increase salaries just to attract workers. Employers comes to our market and 60 percent of positions are for security guards, maids, cleaners and waiters. A lot of companies had to increase salaries by 20 to 30 percent just before the Spring Festival. Some companies are even paying 3,000 yuan a month to security guards, which is higher than a college graduate gets. Shenzhen is still experiencing a shortage of around 80,000 restaurant staff and 50,000 hotel staff.
Figures compiled by the city domestic service association showed a shortage of 80,000 maids last year, and numbers are expected to reach 100,000 this year. Though companies are trying to lure workers by offering higher wages and benefits, there are still not enough workers to fill the void.