Zhang Juwei
Zhang Juwei

While slowly the private companies are gaining strength, job seekers in China prefer the civil service over a corporate career, tells Zhang Juwei of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Population and Labor Economics at CNN. And that might not change very fast.


When China’s economy first opened up 30 years ago, going into private business or commerce was seen as the best way to get ahead. But the civil service first began attracting huge numbers of applicants a decade ago, said Zhang Juwei, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Population and Labor Economics. “The private sector in China is not very well structured or developed like the U.S.,” he said. “Most of the people in private companies in China, unless their positions are high, they usually don’t pay well or have a clear career ladder to move up.”

More at CNN.

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