China Focus: Hiring boom boosts manufacturing rebound in gworld factoryg

Published date16 February 2023
Publication titleXinhua Finance Agency

by Xinhua writers Hong Zehua, Yao Yuan, Huang Haoyuan and Ding LeGUANGZHOU, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Homa Appliances struggled to find enough labor suits for the influx of workers, a rare occasion for a company that has long suffered from a paucity of returned workers after the Spring Festival production lull.

Less than two weeks after the Spring Festival holiday, the fridge maker in Dongguan, a manufacturing hub in south China's Guangdong Province, had filled all its vacancies. The company planned to hire 1,700 workers this year and received 2,600 applications.

"Nearly 90 percent of our workers that headed back home for the Chinese New Year have returned, a three-year high for the company," said Xi Zhonghua, assistant to the board chairman at Homa Appliances.In Dongguan and other industrial cities in Guangdong, a hiring blitz has contributed to a smooth resumption of production after the Spring Festival, thanks to the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions, supportive policies, and an optimized labor structure.

manufacturing powerhouse known as the "factory of the world," Guangdong is also one of the largest employers of migrant workers, who usually leave for family get-togethers before the Chinese New Year and return to work at least 15 days afterward. The reopening of plants after the holiday has long been troubled by a shortage of returned workers amid rising labor costs and inter-regional competition for workers.

This year, the local labor market fizzes after China further optimized its COVID-19 response to lift travel restrictions. Major factories around the Pearl River Delta said workers have returned to work earlier than before, rebooting the post-holiday labor market sooner than expected.

Data from the human resources authority of Zhongshan, a city known for its household appliance industry, showed that from Jan. 28 to early February, a daily average of 100,000 migrant workers...

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