The Kangle Village in Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, recently appeared a strange scene, thousands of garment factory bosses with recruitment cards, lined up nearly a kilometer long, waiting for workers to come to the door. In the past, the bosses picked the workers, but now the workers are picking the bosses.
A recent survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics of China on more than 90,000 industrial enterprises above the scale showed that about 44% of the enterprises reflected that difficulty in recruiting workers was the biggest problem they faced, a record high in recent years. Liu Aihua, spokesman of the National Bureau of Statistics, said that many enterprises have reflected the “three difficulties in recruiting”, such as the difficulty in recruiting first-line general workers, the difficulty in recruiting high-skilled talents and the difficulty in recruiting technical workers.
According to the report, behind the difficulty in recruiting workers, there is a growing shortage of working-age population. According to China’s seventh national census, China’s working-age population between 16 and 59 years old has dropped by more than 40 million compared to a decade ago.