Employment pressure will ease for university graduates in
Beijing in four years' time, experts said at a forum last week.
Some 204,000 new graduates will walk out of campus in the
Chinese capital this summer and the number equals the demand for
university graduates in 2011, said Xin Tieliang, chief of Beijing
Municipal Bureau of Personnel.
Though the employment rate of university students in recent
years remained over 90 percent in Beijing, it is due to the decline
of their employment quality, said Yang Heqing, an expert on labor
and employment with Renmin University of China.
This year, the number of graduates will reach 5.59 million
nationally, an increase of about 12.9 percent over the last year.
But according to reports from human resources agencies, new
employees' expectations in 2007 were still below 2,000 yuan a
Unlike average university students, graduates from elite
colleges (mostly those among the "State 211 project," the nation's
largest education project for top universities) are more confident
and lucky as their average median pay half a year after employment
is 2,500 yuan, 500 yuan more than those from ordinary universities,
a survey conducted by Gallup China showed.
Graduates from Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University
and Beijing Foreign Studies University earn most in the country for
half a year of employment after graduation as their average median
salaries all reach 4,000 yuan.
The survey also found 86 percent of the graduates in Beijing
choose cities above provincial capitals as their top working
destination, and the most-wanted job areas are still Beijing and
Tianjin and the cities around south and east coastline.
The survey was conducted among 1,084 colleges and universities
all over the country.
(China Daily January 3, 2008)