Recent graduates lower expectations in tight job market


Chinese graduates are experiencing less pressure to find work, in part by adopting a more realistic approach to an increasingly tight job market, according to a new employment report.

The employment pressure on the graduates fell significantly this year from that of 2013, according to the report released by the Beijing Youth Stress Management Service Center.

The report was based on a study of 8,193 university students across the nation in May.

The number of college graduates will reach a record 7.27 million this year, up from 6.99 million in 2013, according to the Ministry of Education.

The pressure of finding work among job seekers peaked in 2013 but fell this year, according to the report.

"Higher job expectations often bring about greater employment pressure, but reasonable and tempered expectations would lower the pressure," said Xiong Hanzhong, the director of the center.

Xiong said that graduates have adjusted their job expectations after one of the most difficult employment seasons last year.

"They are more rational and practical, and they have reasonable demands for salary, workplace and position," he said.

Xiong added that "reasonable and reduced" salary expectations might be one of the main reasons behind the lower employment pressure.

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  Source: China Daily  2014-07-03

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