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A total of 7,136 recent graduates have applied for a series of sanitation positions, including maintenance and street cleaning roles, advertised by local authorities in Harbin.
A staff member of the publicity department at the HHRSSB told the Global Times that 7,186 people had registered for the examination by 6 pm on October 16, the deadline. According to the government employee, 29 applicants hold a master’s degree, accounting for 0.4 percent, and 2,954 hold a bachelor’s degree, accounting for 41.11 percent of the group, and the rest are graduates of vocational schools.
The online registration system shows that 3,378 applicants are vying for positions as vehicle drivers, 216 as vehicle maintenance staff and 3,301 as street cleaners.
We need to bridge the income and benefits gap between private and State-owned enterprises and public service institutions to improve the labour market,” Feng Jin, a professor with the Employment and Social Security Research Center at Fudan University, told the Global Times. Feng theorises that many graduates applied for the position in the hopes that they will be able to transfer to other government departments once inside the system.
In the West, Starbucks and McDonald’s are the traditional employers of graduates who have given up getting a job relevant to their degree.
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