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37% of college seniors attain jobs so far

About 37 percent of Shanghai university seniors landed a job by the end of last month, a little lower than the county's average level.

But local seniors' average monthly salary hit 2,807 yuan (US$411) on average - highest in the country, said a newly released survey on 87,309 college seniors nationwide.

According to the national online survey released yesterday by Tencent and MyCOS HR Digital Co Ltd, both the percentage of students who secured a job and their salaries show an increase over last year.

But experts noted that the rising wages didn't mean the increase in graduates' purchasing power due to a rise in prices.

Local education authorities said there are still lots of uncertainties about graduates' job prospects, despite the recovering economy. Employment for graduates has not returned to pre-crisis levels.

In response, the Shanghai Education Commission pledged to set aside an 8 million yuan fund to develop 20 employment bases among local universities to help graduates find jobs.

"The commission will also work to stop or decrease the enrollment of some college majors whose graduates find it hard to find jobs," said Wang Qi, deputy director of the commission.

Thirty-three majors at 15 local colleges have been urged to stop or decrease enrollment this year, Wang said.

According to the survey, more than 30 percent of college seniors found jobs unrelated to their majors.


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