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FREE meals with fruit, a dormitory with air-conditioning and TV and reward holidays - these enticing job conditions are on the vacancy board for migrant workers at a shoe-making factory in east China's Zhejiang Province.

A surprising labor shortage hit the manufacturing center of Wenzhou in Zhejiang since the second quarter, and many private businesses were savvy enough to optimize work conditions to attract laborers, said Wang Ouxiang, deputy secretary of the employment service center in Wenzhou.

"Factories in the city are thirsty for laborers, but the Dongyi Shoes Co Ltd did not have much trouble in recruiting as many workers as it wanted because of the comfortable work conditions," Wang said.

He said the city had 150,000 job openings, as labor-intensive sectors began to recover.

According to Wenzhou Customs statistics, the city's garment exports rose 10 percent in July from the same period last year, and are 12 percent higher than last month. The shoe exports gained 2.7 percent year on year, and surged by 35 percent from June.

"We are thrilled to see that new orders keep on coming," said Chen Aimin, a human resources manager at Zhejiang Kuoshuai Dress Co Ltd. "We have already had 50 percent more orders than in the same period of last year.

"The priority is to hire more hands to cope with orders."

The company needs to recruit 300 more workers.

Zhong Xianhong, a human resources manager at Wenzhou Changjiang Auto Electronic System Co Ltd, has the same problem.

He said the company needed 100 more workers and 30 technicians to catch up on production for delivery.

"We have taken part in job fairs in the big cities of Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Wuhan, but failed to recruit enough workers," he said.

Zheng Chen'ai, head of the Wenzhou Chamber of Garment Industry, said emerging manufacturing bases in far-flung provinces of Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan have become rival attractions for migrant workers.

"Factories in traditional manufacturing bases in the coastal region should make bolder investments in improving salaries, training and work environment for migrant workers," he said.



 

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