City Still Sees Labor Shortage Even with Wage Increase
Shenzhen minimum wage is now the highest among Chinese cities, but even with this increase many employers have noticed that the wages of local blue collar workers are on par with those of white collar administrators.
Shenzhen employers are still having a hard time looking for or hiring blue collar workers, especially in the services industry in need of restaurant waiters or waitresses. A recent job fair that was held over the weekend have shown these problems. The free jobs fairs will continue until April and is a government sponsored employment campaign. The campaign is called the Spring Breeze Action and will consist of 540 job fairs and is free of charge for job seekers
Some employers are saying that almost eighty percent of their staff have yet to return from their hometowns and that they are now in the process of hiring new staff. Companies used to hire women under 35 years old with several years of experience but have been forced in recent years to hire just about anybody to fill a position to get the work done.
Officials from the Shenzhen Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau said that the demand for workers is high especially after the Spring Festival. But reports have shown that the shortage is the same with the past several years. The bureau hopes that the labor shortage will be relieved after more workers return from celebrating the Lunar New Year.