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Male students have edge in jobs

MALE students who graduate this summer have an 8.5 percent better chance of finding a job nationwide compared to females as of the end of last month, according to the results of a survey by a research company released yesterday.

However, Shanghai's female students should relax as at least two city institutes, including hallowed Fudan University, dispute the assertion.

The survey by Mycos, an education evaluation and consulting firm, covered 64,589 graduates across the country and said 21 percent of female students and 29.5 percent of males had found jobs by the end of February, with an average monthly salary gap of 361 yuan (US$53).

In northeast China's Liaoning Province, the imbalance between women and men is most obvious. While only 15 percent of female students there have reached deals with employers, the male figure is 34 percent.

The gap should disappear about six months after graduation when women accept jobs not related to their majors and with lower salaries, according to the research.

"It's natural that male students find it easier to secure a job," said career adviser Hong Xiangyang.

It was simple arithmetic as there were more posts believed suitable for men available, he said.

In comments sure to rile women seeking equality in the workplace, Hong said: "Compared to women, men are believed to put more energy into their work and care more about careers."

A senior educator at Fudan University and a top city human resources employer disagreed with both the report and Hong's statements.

Chen Haomin, director of the employment guidance center of Fudan, said: "There's no difference between male and female graduates in the job-hunting process each year."

Feng Lijuan, chief HR analyst from 51job Inc, a NASDAQ-listed headhunting firm, said firms in Shanghai preferred female graduates for their quick adaptability and careful attitude.

Employers often complained they were unable to find outstanding male students, she said.

About 168,000 will graduate from city universities and colleges this summer, compared with 158,000 last year.


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