China is expected to see a total of 7.95 million college graduates this year. And with the graduation season coming, governments at central and local levels are releasing support policies to help them find jobs.
At the executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on April 5, the government decided to take more active employment measures, including encouraging local governments to set up employment and entrepreneurship funds for college graduates, and giving one-time subsidies to college graduates and those who have difficulty finding jobs or starting a business.
Henan province in Central China raised the subsidy from 1,000 to 1,500 per person. According to the announcement released by Shanxi in North China, the province will give one-time subsidies to businesses run by college graduates that hire three or more employees and could be in operation for more than one year.
In addition to policy support, the government also released preferential measures to encourage college graduates to work at the grassroots levels, central and western China and at small and micro enterprises.
Beijing municipality this year recruited more than 400 college graduates to work as village officials, and raised their salary levels.
Sichuan province in Southwest China will recruit graduates from the last two years to engage in education, agriculture, medical and poverty-alleviation services in rural areas. The graduates will be offered subsidies, social insurance and other preferential policies when they seek job opportunities after the service period.
Subsidies are also available for graduates with financial need or physical handicaps. Anhui province in East China this year released 13 million yuan in subsidies for 16,249 college graduates, and it will expand the subsidy coverage to registered poor students from rural areas.
Sichuan province offers an 800 yuan subsidy to physically challenged and poor graduates who are willing to start their own businesses. It also gave 400 yuan allowances to poor graduates and those who are having difficulties finding jobs.