As the economy continues to make steady recovery, many employers and factories in the city are receiving increased business orders. Restaurant trade is also sharply improving.
This is obviously good news but the bad news is a shortage of skilled workers even though, overall, there is still serious unemployment.
After requests from many city employers, the Shanghai Restaurants’ Association has sent recruiters to provincial areas to find skilled workers. Duan Fugen, general secretary of the association, said:
"We hope that they can bring back more than 300 workers for our restaurants. In the past, recruitment advertising would have attracted many applicants but that is not the case now. The lack of skilled staff affects service quality."
Employers in the garment, food processing and digital product industries are encountering similar problems.
Vicky Tang, from a city garment-processing factory, said, "In a bid for job security, many skilled workers signed long-time contracts with some factories during the economic downturn,"
Some factories even promise a basic salary for blue-collar workers even if no orders are received.
Shanghai Daily reported many migrant workers went home during the economic crisis early this year when employers slashed jobs.
Ren Yuan, a sociology professor from Fudan University, said employers should change their mind set of hiring short-term workers. "If they provide long-term training and stable conditions, more migrant workers will be attracted."