Migrant Workers Begin Job Hunting Earlier
    2011-02-10 13:40:58     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: haodi
 

Newly arrived migrant workers have crowded train stations and job fairs in Beijing this week as the seven-day Spring Festival drew to a close, "The Beijing Morning Post" reports.

Compared to previous years, migrant workers came to the capital a week earlier after this year's Spring Festival than they did after last year's holiday to find blue-collar jobs.

"They came to the city much earlier this year," said one job fair worker. "Many of them rushed to this year's first job fair even before finding a place to stay."

Employers, however, reduced their starting salaries by 10 percent following the festival, the report said. The starting salary of a packer dropped to 1,200 yuan (US$182) from 1,400 yuan (US$213) a month, according to a migrant worker surnamed Li from central China.

"The oversupply of laborers has contributed to the drop in the starting levels of the salaries," the job fair worker said.

According to the Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, the capital has set up several service centers in train and bus stations to offer job search and career counseling services to the migrant workers.

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