Chinese hotels, restaurants are hiring amid recovery in service sector demand Beijing’s zero-COVID protocol endsa survey by a leading recruiter has revealed a surge in job vacancies in the hospitality industry.
in the first six days after work Chinese New Year HolidayJob vacancies in the hotel and restaurant industry surged 40 percent from a year earlier, according to a survey released by Zhaopin, one of the county’s largest recruiting firms, on Friday.
Drivers of passenger cars and cargo trucks, as well as crews of planes and trains, are also in urgent need, with job vacancies surging 85.2% over the same period, as China’s transportation and logistics sector is busy after it reopens post-COVID.
Job vacancies in the tourism services sector rose 58.9 per cent, while manufacturing worker positions also rose 42.2 per cent, driven by the removal of the zero-COVID regime and a revival in demand during the festive season.
The survey was conducted between January 28 and February. 2 In 38 major cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Overall job vacancies in the cities of Foshan, Guangzhou and Dongguan in the southern economic powerhouse of Guangdong province have grown rapidly year-on-year, reaching 43.2 percent, 19.6 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively, the survey showed. The country’s largest provincial economy is targeting gross domestic product (GDP) growth of more than 5% by 2023 after growing by just 1.9% in 2022 due to frequent COVID lockdowns.
Some 72% of companies surveyed said they were optimistic about China’s economic development, with confidence boosted by easing of COVID restrictions and prioritizing economic growth.
However, as uncertainty in China’s real estate and export industries increases, more job seekers seek stable positions. Some 33.9 percent of job seekers said they would be looking for “stable employment with no risk of layoffs,” up from 26.8 percent last year.
A separate private survey on Friday showed activity in China’s services sector expanded for the first time in five months in January.
(Reporting by Ellen Zhang and Ryan Woo; Editing by Tom Hogue)
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