China sees skilled labour shortages worsening amid tech push


A file photo of Foxconn workers. The Chinese economy is facing a structural contradiction of a shortage of skilled workers and high and rising joblessness among young people. — AFP

China expects shortages of skilled workers will worsen over time as the government develops its high tech industries, focusing attention on the need for better training and education.

The mismatch between jobs and skills will become the main problem in the labor market, Gao Gao, deputy secretary general of the National Development and Reform Commission told reporters Monday following the release of a new five-year employment plan through 2025. While the share of skilled workers has risen to about 30% of workforce, it remains low compared with other manufacturing powerhouses, he said.

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