Tourist index tells where crowds are

Beijing launched an hourly updated online index of crowds at major tourist sites on Sunday, the day that China's railway broke its record for the amount of passengers carried on any single day of a May Day holiday.

China's railways experience heavy traffic as May Day holiday begins

As the three-day International Labor Day holiday begins in China, a record number of 8.2 million passengers traveled by train on Sunday, China's Ministry of Railways said.

Labor contract law needs to be amended

The Labor Contract Law should be amended to better regulate labor outsourcing, a practice that is overused and leads to inequality in the workplace. Under the law, which came into effect in 2008, employment agencies can be established to provide companies with workers for temporary, subsidiary and substitute positions.

Women to enjoy more maternity benefits

Female workers in China are expected to enjoy longer maternity leave from work - before and after childbirth. They will be forbidden to do certain hazardous jobs after a new regulation comes into effect.

Defending workers' rights

Working conditions at Foxconn, Apple's supplier in China, have been the focus of scrutiny since some workers committed suicide at the factory in 2010. Yet despite the deaths and the media spotlight local government agencies have failed to conduct any proper investigation of the working conditions at the company's plants.

Progress confirmed in protecting people's welfare

China's top legislature found in its inspections that notable progress was made in improving people's welfare in fields like labor rights and food safety, said top legislator Wu Bangguo on Friday.

Captive audience
Captive audience

As an anchor for the TV station attached to Beijing's Bureau of Prisons, Yu Jiaqing's audience of more than 10,000 prisoners has few other viewing options.

Curious education of a DNA tester
Curious education of a DNA tester

As a scientist who analyzes the building blocks of life through a string of DNA codes, Deng Yajun never expected her career to take such a mysterious turn nine years ago.

Official life in Tibetan villages
Official life in Tibetan villages

Rising at 7:30 am, sorting out materials, cooking, working, watching Xinwen Lianbo, visiting the homes of farmers and herdsmen is the daily routine for the stationed work force in Balang village.

Big bears, new tricks
Big bears, new tricks

Wang Xiaojun, 29, is a panda keeper at the Wolong-based China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Sichuan Province.

Birds with teeth
Birds with teeth

Xu Xing, 43, one of China's leading paleontologists. He and his colleagues have named dozens of species of dinosaurs so far.

Society needs more
Society needs more

Jiang Xiaoping, 25, buries herself in paperwork behind her desk at a rundown office in an alley in Shanghai. This is her daily routine as a social worker at a primary school for migrant workers' children.

In China it is called the "iron rice bowl" - getting a job in the civil service and working for the government. Traditionally a post in the civil service was regarded as a respectable, secure job for life with enviable welfare benefits. Competition for these positions has always been fierce as thousands of applicants every year suffer the grueling exams and their families mobilize every network available to edge their children into these positions.

This year it is a little different. The students who were born in 1990 have become the majority of the university graduates in the country. [Full story]

Poll

How do you see your job?
A life-long passion
A rewarding profession
A means of living
A showcase of my social value

Edunews.net.cn summarized the top 10 jobs most attractive to the graduates born in the 1990s.

1 Weibo account operator
1 Weibo account operator

With the growing popularity of Weibo, the commercial value of a Weibo account with thousands of followers is obvious. Some netizens run full-time Weibo accounts, updating followers with the latest news, jokes or videos. They profit by running advertising that targets their followers.

2 Career development mentor
2 Career development mentor

Shanghai needs at least 30,000 career development mentors at the moment but there are only a few hundred accredited professionals. For many graduates this profession is one that helps others and speeds their own personal growth. But this profession demands a high level of qualifications and a lot of work experience.

3 Game tester
3 Game tester

These people play games yet to be released to uncover any problems and help improve them. This job is particularly appealing to young people. But being a master at playing games is different to being a qualified game tester. Applicants must have a good grounding in technology.

4 Island caretaker
4 Island caretaker

In 2009 Australia's Queensland tourism authority launched a promotion looking for a caretaker for a tropical island. The beautiful setting and the attractive salary package made the job desirable for anyone, but especially the graduates born in the 1990s.

5 Taobao modeling
5 Taobao modeling

It's another form of traditional fashion modeling. Models showcase the clothes or products for businesses on taobao.com. While most of the models are employed by small companies, some lucky models have been discovered by famous brands or have been offered work with television stations.

6 Financial planner
6 Financial planner

All financial organizations are hiring financial planners. Many graduates born in the 1990s find the job attractive because they also learn how to manage their own wealth effectively. But financial planners have to be specially trained.

7 Fashion designer
7 Fashion designer

Fashion designer or fashion editors might not be as fascinating as they are in films like The Devil Wears Prada, but this industry continues to attract young people. Experts say there are some problems as the fashion scene develops in China so employment in this field means a lot of hard work.

8 Illustrator
8 Illustrator

Illustrators design posters for games and films, or work for books, newspapers or magazines. This profession is growing and offers good prospects for talented young artists - especially as the country's Internet and gaming sectors grow.

9 Taobao store owner
9 Taobao store owner

It takes a comparatively small amount to set up and it's easy to open your own store on Taobao. Office hours and the location are up to you. This is work that is popular with many young people who have tried this in college. But the competition is growing fierce.

10 Witkey
10 Witkey

Witkey is web-based system where people exchange knowledge, wisdom, experience and technology for profit. China has around 25 million Witkey users but as there is no limit to the kind of work they can undertake there is no set salary either.

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History of Labor Day

History of Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated all over the world on May 1 to commemorate the social and economic achievements of the labour movement. The day has a historic background of struggle, efforts and achievements of the labour movement that took root in Europe and North America.

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  • Founder of Labor Day
  • More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
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  • Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
  • Quotations for Labor Day
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    Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil. ~Henry van Dyke

     

    God sells us all things at the price of labor. ~Leonardo da Vinci

     

    Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life. ~Marc Chagall