white collar

Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks to Factory Jobs

China now produces eight million new college graduates each year, four times as many as ten years ago. The job market, however, has not adjusted accordingly. While the graduate glut sharpens competition for white collar jobs...

Workers Let Go by China’s Banks Are Putting Up a Fight

The New York Times reports on a new class of disgruntled protesters in China: white collar workers laid off during recent bank reforms: During the past two years, these unlikely agitators — conservatively attired but fiercely...

China’s High-Tech Underclass

A photo essay in Newsweek by Mark Leong looks at the growing numbers of young, urban, white collar workers in China’s IT industry: The number of college graduates in China is growing far faster than the number of...

Updated: Entry Level Salary of a White Collar Worker – Lola Xu’s blog

[UPDATE: Yesterday, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) denied that they published the list of entry level salaries for white collar workers. CASS said they would investigate this list and find who originally fabricated this news. Here is the CASS’s official statement . The news spread very quickly online and raised heated discussion.] Recently, […]

Entry Level Salary of a White Collar Worker – Lola Xu’s blog (Updated)

Recently, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published the living standards of so-called white collar workers [UPDATE Nov. 7: CASS is denying that they have published this report so it is now unclear where it originated.] From MSN Space translated by CDT: Evaluating the consumer price index, living expenses, transportation costs, degree of modernization and […]

Women at Forefront of Consumer Spending in China – Susan Fenton

“Yueguang Zu”/ÊúàÂÖâÊóè(empty monthly wage group) is used to describe the group of young Chinese white-collar workers who spend their total salary on luxury goods or to live expensive and comfortable lives. Here is an example. From Reuters: Waiting for a friend in Shenzhen’s plush Kingglory Plaza, Chen Jing, 25, admired her new Nokia mobile phone. […]

White Collars Going to Great Lengths for Stress Relief – Xinhua

Xinhua reports that Chinese white collars have the new way to relax from stressful work: Stressed out white-collar workers are scaling skyscrapers, camping out on rooftops, smashing up restaurants, pretending to be children and even visiting cemeteries in a bid to relieve the pressure of modern life. As the country’s economy continues to steam ahead, […]

White Collars Feel Blue – Jeff Pan

From China Daily: At the forefront of those benefiting from China’s rapid economic growth, the white collars are supposed to be happy. In fact, many are downright blue. Their salaries are going up, but they aren’t getting promoted. They are feeling less happy, and their personal lives are deteriorating. …”The so-called ‘white collars’ are nothing […]

Firing provokes debate on maternity rights – China Daily

From China Daily: Preserving the right to be a mother or pocketing a decent salary is the dilemma facing China’s white collar pregnant working women. A 33-year-old woman surnamed Luo who was employed by a Hong Kong based company as a marketing director filed a lawsuit against her employers after she was fired because she […]


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