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Chinese labour demand strengthens in August

Labour demand strengthened on both a MoM and YoY basis in August, driven by a sharp rise in manufacturing demand. Overtime and blue-collar wage growth accelerated, according to our latest survey of 285 construction, manufacturing and service-sector companies, while companies were able to fill a larger proportion of vacancies.

02 September 2014

Labour demand stays strong despite sequential moderation

Labour demand moderated slightly on a MoM basis, but strengthened YoY in July, primarily due to strong demand from construction firms. Our latest survey of 285 companies nationwide also showed an acceleration in blue-collar wage growth, while employers were able to fill a larger proportion of job vacancies.

05 August 2014

Rise of the robots

With China now the world’s largest robot market, our latest survey of robotmakers and users in seven provinces highlights the reasons behind the recent surge in robot purchases, the future demand outlook and the likely impact on labour trends and the overall economy.

16 July 2014

Labour demand moderated in June

Labour demand moderated on both a MoM and a YoY basis in June, according to our latest survey of 285 construction, manufacturing and service-sector companies. This was largely due to a significant easing in manufacturing-sector demand, which offset a recovery in construction-sector labour demand and overtime. Blue-collar wage growth remained muted for a second successive month.

30 June 2014

Labour demand remained robust in May

Labour demand continued to grow on a YoY basis in May despite a slight sequential slowdown, according to our latest survey of 285 companies across the construction, manufacturing and service sectors in 15 cities nationwide. Blue-collar wages appear to be stabilising following strong recent growth, suggesting an easing in the labour shortage seen in recent months.

29 May 2014

Service sector drives labour demand surge in April

A surge in service-sector demand drove China Confidential’s MoM and YoY Labour Demand Indices up sharply in April, according to our latest survey of 285 companies across the construction, manufacturing and service sectors in 15 cities nationwide. Overtime activity rose sharply, while average blue-collar wages also rose to an all-time high, indicating a shortage of labour in coastal regions in particular.

01 May 2014

New orders boost labour demand in March

Chinese employers reported strengthening demand for labour on both a MoM and a YoY basis in March, according to our latest survey of 285 companies across the manufacturing, construction and service sectors in 15 cities nationwide. Demand was underpinned by a rise in business orders, with the labour shortage seen following the Chinese New Year holiday easing.

03 April 2014

Labour demand rises as fewer migrants return

Chinese employers reported an increase in labour demand due in part to a drop in the proportion of employees returning to work after the Chinese New Year holiday, according to our latest survey of 285 companies in 15 cities across the manufacturing, construction and service sectors.

06 March 2014

Labour demand cooled ahead of Chinese New Year

Labour demand moderated in January as companies scaled back activities and hiring plans ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday, according to our latest survey of 285 companies in 15 cities across the manufacturing, construction and service sectors. 

04 February 2014

Labour demand stays strong as wage growth moderates

Labour demand continued to rise in December, according to our latest monthly survey of 285 construction, manufacturing and service-sector companies across 15 cities nationwide, although there was a slight moderation in growth on a YoY basis. Respondents reported an increase in overtime, but a moderation in blue-collar wage growth.

08 January 2014
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