Many cities in eastern China are organizing job fairs to meet demand for new employees after the Spring Festival holiday.
The first such event in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, opened on Monday with more than 10,000 jobs off
ered by 200 local companies. The fair aims to attract more college students and migrant workers, wh
o usually return to their hometowns during Spring Festival for family reunions.
Most of the jobs are in manufacturing, catering and finance. There is also huge demand for emp
loyees in the machinery, sales and design sectors, said Zhang Chengyu, director of the Yancheng talent market.
“With the city’s economic and social development, many people now prefer to w
ork in their hometowns,” he said. “We organized the fair to provide op
portunities for them. More than 100 fairs offering 50,000 jobs will be held this year.
“Many companies pay salaries of more than 10,000 yuan ($1,474) a mon
th. They need to recruit enough employees to guarantee post-festival operations.”
Dai Yang, a graduate in mechanical engineering, said he would prefer to work in his hometown－Huaian, Jiangsu－if the salary met his demands.