Posted by: 1of10boyz | April 16, 2013

The real cause and impact of China’s labour shortage


Another challenge that is caused at least in some part by the HuKou.

China Daily Mail

China continues to suffer a labour shortage in its key coastal manufacturing regions. This, no doubt, is impacting U.S. and other foreign companies operating in China. But the labour shortage is not due to a lack of available workers. Instead, it is prompted by Chinese government policies, as well as prevailing work and living conditions in affected regions.

The Alienation of Migrant Workers

During the last two decades of China’s development, rural workers migrating to urban manufacturing regions have been the chief source of labour in coastal cities. According to the Chinese government’s, own statistics, migrant workers have increased to more than 250 million from just over 60 million in the last 20 years. Many non-government organisations place this number at a more realistic 350 to 400 million.

Even with a massive number of workers available nationally, China Daily recently reported that labour shortages are growing worse in cities like Guangzhou

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