Mainland university graduates majoring in English saw the highest unemployment rate between 2007 and last year, followed by those in art design, accounting and computer science majors, Global Times reports. A recent survey by Mycos, a poll and research company, shows that these majors accounted for 30 per cent of the national unemployment rate.
Women job-seekers face discrimination
TV reality shows on the mainland have taken a new tack by helping young college graduates - especially women - find jobs, China Daily reports. The latest show, Looking for Du Lala, drew more than 30,000 women applicants on the promise that the top 10 would get a job with one of 10 companies involved in the production. Xia Xueluan, a sociology professor at Peking University, says women face hurdles to find jobs as many employers dangle "men only" signs at job fairs.
Companies forced to layoff staff during crisis
The majority of employers in New Zealand and Australia feel they were forced to layoff many of their employees during the economic downturn, according to recruitment firm Hudson. A survey of 605 employers and 1,690 employees also found that 80 per cent of employers were actively focused on growth, as the economy improves. However, 84 per cent felt they had to layoff many staff during the global financial crisis. NZPA