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delayed employment


Recently, Zhaolian Recruitment issued a survey report on the job hunting situation of recent college graduates in 2017. According to the survey data, about 9.8% of recent graduates this year chose “slow employment”.

Slow employment, also known as delayed employment, means that some college students do not intend to take up employment immediately after graduation and do not plan to continue further studies. Instead, they choose to go on a study tour, participate in a volunteer teaching program, accompany parents at home or wait for opportunities to start their own business, and slowly consider the path of life.

According to the report, as more and more 95-year-olds stepped out of the campus, their choice of employment became more diversified, and they also preferred the combination of work and interest. At the same time, some graduates chose to delay employment in order to escape the delay job hunting to avoid the competition.

With the job market becoming increasingly competitive every year, a growing number of fresh university graduates are opting for "delayed employment".

According to a survey released by online recruiter Zhaopin on Tuesday, about 9.8 percent of the 93,420 graduates who encountered in a written survey said they would not begin working right after graduation.


Employment destination choice

The survey shows that the first-tier and new-tier cities are still the main employment destination for this year’s graduates. The percentage of students signing in first-tier cities is 33.5%; that in new first-tier cities is 33.1%; that in second-tier cities is only 19.0%; and that in third-tier and following cities is 14.4%.


The new first-tier cities includes the following 15 cities: Chengdu, Nanjing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wuhan, Chongqing, Shenyang, Qingdao, Changsha, and Dalian. Xi'an, Xiamen, Fuzhou and Jinan.

It is divided based on a comprehensive evaluation of 300 cities in prefecture-level cities and 100 top 100 counties except China’s traditional first-tier cities. There are  10 evaluation indicators including political, economic, and academic resources.


Contracted monthly salary

The survey shows that the average contract salary for 2017 graduates was RMB4014. Judging from different professions, graduates of law, engineering, and medical science and technology actually have higher monthly salaries, with averages of RMB 5545, RMB 4512, and RMB 4,500. Compared with last year, the average monthly contractual wages for actual contracts have declined.


Whether the job matach the major?

The survey shows that 38.5% of recent college graduates who have signed up have chosen a job that doesn’t match their major at college, which is an increase of 5.7% year-on-year. Students in the medical, literature, and engineering majors have higher employment counterpart rates, which are 84.2%, 65.9%, and 65.2%, respectively. In addition, students in the pedagogy, science, and agronomy majors have relatively low employment rates, at 55.2%, 48.5%, and 47.1%, respectively.