Nearly 70 percent of the companies in Guangdong Province will not recruit new employees in the next two years, worsening the employment situation in the province, according to a recent survey by the Guangdong government of 338 enterprises.
The survey was conducted in 13 cities, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Shantou, and involved 13 industries, including mining, transportation storage and postal sectors, with the number of state-owned and private enterprises accounting for 53 percent of the total.
According to the survey, the number of employees in Guangdong Province will gradually decline over five years, while the number of retired and laid-off people who are employed will increase.
The number of employees in five industries gradually increased from 2000 to 2002, including mining, wholesale & retail, service, educational & sanitation and social security & welfare sectors.
Staff numbers gradually declined in beverage production, chemical material & chemical product manufacturing, textile production, architecture and transportation storage & postal sectors in the past two years. There were 30,000 employees in the 338 companies from the five industries last year, down nine percent from the year 2000.
(eastday.com March 27, 2003)