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China will publish a list of work skills most in demand to aid recruitment from overseas, a top official in charge of foreign affairs has revealed, reports china.org.cn. Speaking ahead of the 2013 Friendship Award ceremony on Saturday, Liu Yanguo, deputy director of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, said his authority is identifying shortages in the domestic labour market.
Liu Yanguo told China Daily: "We'll do research with human resource departments and employers to learn what types of workers they feel are hard to find.”
The list is scheduled for release next year and will be updated to keep pace with changes in market demand. Details such as how and where it will be published are still under discussion, Liu added.
Wang Huiyao, director-general of the Centre for China and Globalisation, a Beijing think tank, welcomed the move. "It's important to have such a list. It can improve the effect of recruitment from abroad.”
He added: “By listening to employers' demands, authorities will be able to pinpoint industries with long-term skill shortages and introduce favourable policies.”
Shanghai began publishing a recruitment list for overseas talent in 2011. On the list, nine State-owned enterprises, including Shanghai Electric, listed 72 job vacancies that they plan to fill, with salaries up to CHY 800,000 (USD 131,000).
“China needs foreign talent from all walks of life, especially people with expertise in management, technology, and science,” Liu said.
He added that China's efforts to recognise and reward people who have made tremendous contributions to China's development and bilateral friendship is equally important in attracting high-end talent.
Fifty foreign experts received the Friendship Award this year. The prize is the highest accolade given to foreign citizens by the Chinese government. Liu said all winners are exceptional foreign experts working in China.
Many recipients this year are leading scientists and scholars, including Israeli biologist Aharon Ciechanover, the 2004 Nobel laureate in chemistry, who is director of Nanjing University's Institute of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
Liu continued: "Thirty years ago, most foreign experts came to help China solve technological problems, but now China also enables foreign experts to realise their dream and boost their career development."
"Many foreigners, after they came to China, realised China was not a rising monster, but a fascinating country. We appreciate foreign experts' efforts to help the outside world better understand China," Liu concluded.