China's Labor Shortage Spreads
    2011-02-14 13:27:22      Web Editor: haodi

Employers look for migrant workers. [File photo]

Cities in China compete for migrant workers due to growing labor shortages as industries transfer away from coastal cities and move further inland.

Previous labor providers of less-developed regions, such as Hubei and Sichuan provinces, have rolled out stronger policies to persuade migrant workers to stay at home rather than work in coastal areas, reports

Beside the industrial transfer called by the government, Zhou Haiwang at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences attributed the nationwide lack of manpower to relatively slower growth of the labor force in comparison with the country's fast-developing service economy.

Although statistics show the number of migrant workers amounted to 240 million last year with an increase of 4 million, the rise could not meet labor-intensive manufacturing demands, according to nbd. com. cn.

Wuhan, capital city of Hubei Province, held twelve large-scale job fairs for migrant workers in one day and some companies in the city like Foxconn Technology Group's Wuhan plant set up booths at the railway station to hire workers.

"More than 80 percent of enterprises in Wuhan raised salaries due to difficulties in recruitment," said Tao Songtao, a manager with the local Qidian labor market.
It is estimated that sectors facing serious labor shortages in inland China include the manufacturing, catering and construction industries.

"The demand growth of workers in Wuhan surpassed coastal areas for the first time," added Tao.

Zhao Jiande, a leading official with the Shanghai migrant workers office, suggested that enterprises attract migrant workers by offering them improved technical training, increased wages and proper career plans.

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