Authorities in Guangdong province are looking to
provide 1.2 million jobs this year and give equal treatment to migrant workers
in areas like social insurance.
The provincial government said in an annual labor and security development action plan, which was unveiled recently, that half of the jobs will be newly created, 28 percent higher
than the previous year.
It also aims to help 600,000 unemployed people find
The province will also offer training programs to
40,000 people on how to start new businesses.
Some 20,000 others will receive technical training.
The number of full-time students in technical schools will hit 480,000 this year
- the province's backbone for further industrial development.
Lin Jingqing, director of the labor relations
division of the provincial labor and social security department, said: "More
people will be included in our social security system this year, embodying the
Labor Contract Law implemented by the central government at the start of the
More people will be covered by endowment, medical,
unemployment, injury at work, and maternity insurance this year, he said.
Lin Wangping, vice-director of the labor department,
told China Daily: "The number of migrant workers covered by social insurance in
Guangdong province topped the whole country last year."
Last year, 10.55 million resident workers and 13.5
million migrant workers in the province were covered by work and medical
insurance. The figure accounted for one-third of the nation's total, Lin
The number of migrant workers covered by work
insurance will be 13.3 million this year, and the number covered by medical
insurance will be 13.6 million, she said.
Despite concerns among manufacturing firms about the
new Labor Contract Law, the labor department is trying to ease the effects of
its implementation, Lin Wangping said.
The department's goal is to help as many as 95
percent of workers in Guangdong sign labor contracts with their employers, she
The department is also this year trying to secure 12
percent wage increases for the province's workers, she said.
By: Liang Qiwen Source: China