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HK employees more confident
Staff Reporter
update on Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hong Kong employees feel more confident this year compared with last year, Sing Tao Daily reports.

A City University survey, which measured confidence levels of employees on a scale of one to 10, reported an average score of 5.8, an increase of 0.37 from last year.

The survey, which polled 522 full-time employees, also found that people working in hotels and catering were most confident as a result of the recovering consumer market. They scored 6.15.

The survey also found that the post-1980s generation lacked a sense of belonging to employers compared with employees aged 50 or above.

Medical staff stressed 

The majority of women health care workers on the mainland are suffering from heavy workloads and stress, China Daily reports.

According to a recent survey by the China Medical Women's Association (CMWA), which polled 2,600 women in 70 medical institutions nationwide, almost 72 per cent of respondents said they were usually exhausted at work. They spend an average of 10 hours a day at work. More than 76 per cent of those polled said they were often upset by huge work pressure.

"Female health care workers, who account for nearly half of all licensed medical workers in China, are facing relatively more pressure than their male counterparts as they tend to shoulder more domestic responsibilities," says Yu Dong, secretary-general of the CMWA. 

Job market picks up

The employment market in 100 mainland cities continued to improve in the first quarter, Xinhua reports.

Employers filled 5.52 million vacancies via public employment service agencies during the January-March period, up 7 per cent from the previous quarter, figures from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security showed.

Compared with the same period last year, job vacancies in the first three months rose 18 per cent.

The manufacturing sector accounted for the most job vacancies in the first quarter, with demand for manufacturing workers accounting for one-third of the 5.52 million vacancies.

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