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Skilled Worker Shortage

Insight China May 3, 2021

By NewsChina Updated Jul.1

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, China had 200 million skilled workers, including 50 million highly skilled personnel, at the end of 2020. Skilled workers, however, account for only 26 percent of the total workforce. From the perspective of employment and economic development, China is still short of skilled workers in comparison with developed countries. In recent years, China has aimed to promote high quality development, adjust its economic structure and boost industrial transformation, and the need for a highly skilled workforce has become increasingly urgent. Nowadays, most high school students prefer to enter universities and few are willing to attend vocational schools. It is urgent to increase the status of skilled workers, improve the working environment and optimize career advancement.