Several Chinese provinces begin hiring provincial-level officials with apparent expansions in recruiting fresh graduates – Global Times | Team Cansler

Hopefuls are lining up for the 2021 civil service exam at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.  Photo: IC

Hopefuls are lining up for the 2021 civil service exam at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province. File Photo: IC

Several provinces across China have started hiring civil servants for departments and institutions under provincial governments in 2023, with obvious expansions in hiring new graduates this year, a latest move to tackle graduate unemployment in recent years years. especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to statistics from China’s Ministry of Education, the number of Chinese college graduates will reach 11.58 million in 2023, up 820,000 year-on-year.

A notice on graduate employment and entrepreneurship in 2023, released by the ministry on November 14, noted that the role of policy-based positions in stabilizing employment should be played to the full and to ensure that the number of graduates hired maintained and appropriate remains elevated.

The policy-based positions refer to civil servants and employees of public institutions and positions dealing with support for agriculture, education, medical services and poverty alleviation in rural areas that benefit from preferential government policies and are distinct from market-oriented jobs.

China plans to hire a record 37,000 civil servants for departments and institutions directly under the central government in 2023, with 25,000 vacancies available exclusively for fresh graduates, or 67.4 percent of the total number of jobs, the highest proportion in recent years. announced the State Administration of Civil Service in October.

Applications for hiring civil servants have been closed so far, and candidates will sit a statewide written exam to be held across the country on December 4.

Several provinces, including east China’s Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shandong provinces and cities like Shanghai and Beijing, have also started their recruitment processes for provincial-level civil servants since November.

All of these provinces and municipalities have shown their preferential supportive policies toward recent graduates according to their announced hiring plans, according to a report by

Of the 9,272 civil servant positions offered in Jiangsu, 1,070 positions will target only recent college graduates in 2023, up 32.8 percent year-on-year. Shandong has created 1,921 jobs exclusively for fresh graduates, 573 more than in 2022.

Recruitment of civil servants in recent years has tended towards fresh graduates and grass-roots positions. The main goal is to create more job opportunities and career development opportunities for graduates, while encouraging college graduates to contribute to grassroots construction and improving the overall quality of grassroots officials, said Xiong Bingqi, director of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

Xiong also pointed out that comprehensive policies are needed to hire outstanding college graduates, such as B. Relaxation of entry requirements for certain positions, including academic requirements and work experience.

Some local governments have introduced specific policies and measures to ensure there is a match between the right staff and their posts, and have vowed to adhere to the principle of diverse talent selection.

Shandong has made it clear that it will lift the restrictions on candidates’ graduate schools, foreign educational background and study method, and set appropriate qualifications according to positions to provide a platform for all kinds of outstanding talents.

Regarding the origins of candidates, Jiangsu continues to lift restrictions on candidates’ household registrations when it is hired in 2023.

For the recent graduates, the best fit between civil servants’ career prospects and their personal ideals has led to the great zeal of the profession, according to several exam candidates reached by the Global Times on Monday.

A sophomore at a Shanghai university told the Global Times that the satisfaction she’s gained from volunteering on campus has helped her be ready to work in the public sector after graduating.

“As a member of the Chinese Communist Party and a staff member of the student association, I hope my future career can be integrated with the ideals of the country,” said the candidate.

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