Nobody knows why it suddenly turned into a big labor shortage after the Spring Festival here in east coastline of China. It should be a backing wave of labor floating from their hometown to big cities, but now factories in these areas are still vacantly waiting for workers as more as possible, which have severely affecting their orders got from last year.
Where are these people?
Company managers even held out higher salary for bait, but still no improvement. It’s already not a simple promotion question. Shanghai
and other metropolis are still attractive for all Chinese, but after the urbanization
, more and more rural labors were “forced” to leave until when they could not breathe in the mass.
My cousin has worked in a Shanghai machinery productive factory for 2 years since he graduated from a technical school, in the first trainee year he could earn 600RMB (60Euro) per month (accommodation and food for free), then it upgraded to 1000RMB (100Euro) per month (a&f for free) in the second year, he tried to move to other factories to get a better offer, but actually most of the primary staff in productive factories are at this level. Then he stayed until the end of 2009.
Now he got married and has a kid in our hometown where is a small city but developing fast by the recent prosperity of estate and car industries. His salary from Shanghai employer cannot feed his family if they all live in Shanghai, while he can get a bit less like 750RMB (75Euro) in our hometown, he can live at home with parents, which is enough for a basic living. After the discussion with his father, he decided not to come back to Shanghai. Because there is no official contract for him, he doesn’t have to say nothing to the employer. He said to me, “people lied to me, they always say you can make a lot of money in Shanghai, but actually I’m getting poorer and poorer, if I started work in my hometown, I would not be still a primary staff, and here I can save more because of the cheap life cost.”
Chinese rural labors are earning 300~1500RMB (30~150Euro) for their basic salary in cities, if they want to earn more, they should extend their working time for extra money, and the extension work are always much more than the regulation by Labor Law. After 5 to 10 years, these young workers get too weak to afford the tough job, they have to move back home and stay. The drifting life always makes them feel homeless, while they’re struggling for rights. This social wound drives the country to be broken.
No comment to the social insurance and welfare system in China, which has been a highlighted topic for many years. The other problem behind is inspired from an old report for RAND Corporation
, named China and Globalization. The article pointed out almost all of the worst points of Chinese people. One point now in China is widely appreciated, which is the aging development in the future 20 to 50 years would be the biggest obstacle for growing China.
When China has less and less population, when there is not enough cheap labors supply, how can China manage the still immature productive industries? While we have been confident and spoiled by the human resource limitless advantage in the world since the open and reform of China, people commented the shortage this time in east China cities are just down payment for the past debts of robbing the rural resources in the past 30 years.
When the Made in China has no sense, will you miss it or just applaud?