13 Feb '11, 1am

Some China cities facing labour shortage; competition to attract migrant workers grows fiercer

Some China cities facing labour shortage; competition to attract migrant workers grows fiercer

A recruiter trying to attract workers outside a railway station in Fuzhou, Fujian province. -- PHOTO: XINHUA CHONGQING - COASTAL and inland cities in China are fiercely competing to attract migrant workers as the country's labour shortage spreads to less-developed regions. Employers in the Pearl River Delta region are offering hard cash, year-end bonuses and annual pay rises in a bid to get migrant workers to return after celebrating Chinese New Year. 'They are the kings,' Mainland Headwear Holdings deputy chairman Pauline Ngan told the South China Morning Post. 'They want this and that. If their wishes are not granted, you could be in great trouble.' With increased opportunities back home, migrant workers, who mostly hail from the less-developed central and western regions, are choosing not to return to the coastal areas. And the trend is catching on in recent years, exac...

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