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110,000 applicants take aim at 3,416 jobs

THE city's Taiwan Affairs Office is the plum that's most avidly sought by applicants for government office posts, according to data about civil-servant exam applications released yesterday.

More than 110,000 people applied for the city's civil servants exams, seeking the 3,416 job openings, the registration Website showed yesterday. How many will actually qualify and take the exam when it is held on March 27 is unknown.

The number of applicants this year is more than twice that of 2008, when 45,108 applied for the exam.

Only five posts were available in the city's Taiwan Affairs Office, but 2,022 people applied for them.

One of those jobs attracted 1,327 applicants.

A clerical post within the Shanghai government is also hot - more than 900 people applied for it.

The city's prison administration bureau offered the most posts, 374, but there is still a long queue for applicants. More than 5,000 people submitted their applications to the bureau.

But for some posts in suburban Chongming Island and Songjiang District, nobody applied.

Wu Yunhua, 24, a company employee, applied for a post in the government's cooperation and communication office. Another 79 people will compete with her.

"I'm not afraid of the competition," said Wu who took the exams two years ago but failed to be hired.

Majoring in public affairs management, she regarded civil servant as the ideal job. "I may use what I have learned in the university," she said.

Iron rice bowl

Wu said the civil servant job is an "iron rice bowl," meaning she would have steady income and benefits, which makes it natural for so many people to compete, especially given the global economic downturn.

This year, more than 70 percent of the posts are available only to people who have working experience. So Wu thought she would have a better chance.

But university graduates are not that lucky. About 168,000 students will graduate from city universities and colleges this summer, compared with 158,000 last year.


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