South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Record 2.1 million Chinese sit civil service exam as economy slows, youth jobless rate climbs” – below is their description.
More than 2.12 million people registered for China’s annual civil service examination that were held on November 28, 2021. The record number of applicants are competing for only 31,200 vacancies, giving them just a one-in-68 chance of success landing one of the government jobs. Also known as the guokao in Mandarin, the test is a pathway to civil service roles regarded as an “iron rice bowl” because of the security and money they offer. This year’s surge in numbers comes amid a slowdown in economic growth caused in large part by the Covid-19 pandemic, and a persistently high youth jobless rate.
Record 2.1m Chinese seek civil service jobs as economy slows https://sc.mp/c3q9
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