Maid in China – China Daily

 Olympics Images Attachement Jpg Site1 20080121 000802Ab4A6308Fe355C09First shortage of migrant workers in China's manufacturing base, then one of maid in cities as the spring festival approaches. From China Daily:

If you need a reminder that Chinese New Year is coming, try booking a maid. It's virtually impossible to hire a live-in family maid at this time of year, when most migrant workers leave town for the holidays.

Maids are in high demand among Beijing's swelling middle class, yet there is a shortage of service, a high turnover rate, and the profession remains highly unstable, according to Wang Jun, manager of a company which employs migrant workers from northwestern China to work as live-in maids in Beijing.

Every year, 300,000 migrant workers come to Beijing to fill service roles, but most switch to factory jobs or other skilled professions after a year or two, Wang says. [Full Text]

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