Young migrant workers prefer Shanghai

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Shanghai has been voted as the most favorable city to work in among young migrant workers, according to a recent survey.

The survey was conducted by, a job search service, from April 12 to 23 and received more than 10,000 responses. More than 20 percent of the people polled voted for Shanghai. Shenzhen and Beijing received the second- and third-most votes.

Migrant workers working at the China Pavilion of Shanghai World Expo [file photo]  

Data from the website showed that more than 95 percent of the voters from across the country were born in the 1980s and 1990s, and nearly half of them earn a monthly income of 1,500 yuan ($238) to 2,500 yuan.

Good development opportunities was the top reason they chose Shanghai. The fact that previous generations had worked and settled in the city was also a factor.

Jiang Xianhai, 20, from Lu'an, Anhui province, has worked at a furniture factory in Shanghai for four years. He has also worked in Chongqing. "Business is more prosperous in Shanghai, and the need for workers is greater," Jiang said. "And my uncles are here, so I can save money on rent."

Some businesses offer cash bonuses for workers who introduce their fellow villagers to the factory, according to research of small- and medium-sized enterprises conducted by the Shanghai SME Development and Service Center.

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