The heated competition for next year's civil servant positions - in which 4,000 people might fight for one job - has not scared away job-seekers as the number of applicants is expected to hit a historical high.
Civil service job application
Officials estimate that 1.4 million people will register for the 2010 civil servants exam, up about 30 percent over last year, said Yu Hongze, vice president of Huatu Education, an agency specializing in preparing applicants for the annual civil servants exam.
Among them, only 15,526 people will take the 9,275 civil servant positions. Some of the positions have multiple openings.
By yesterday morning, the number of registered applicants had reached a peak of about 700,000 since it opened for online applications on Oct 15.
Last year, the government recruited 13,566 people for its 7,555 positions.
Civil servant jobs are considered a stable and rewarding employment option among Chinese, as the still-fragile global economy makes private sector jobs less attractive, said Bian Ba Suo Lang, 22, a Tibetan student in Nankai University in Tianjin. He recently applied for a job in a county taxation bureau in Tibet.