採訪/朱智善 編輯/李謙 後製/君卓
China’s “Most Arduous Golden-Rice-Bowls in History”
China’s 2013 Civil Service Vacancies have just been
released by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Half of the job posts have conditions attached,
such as year-round business travel or night-duty.
Media labeled these roles as, “the most
arduous golden-rice-bowls in the history.”
This issue, however, has raised public suspicion.
With 2 million applicants, and an enrolment ratio as high
as 90:1, it has been seen how popular the roles are.
How can it be described as “the most arduous”?
On October 13, CCP authorities released
a list of 2013 Civil Service vacancies.
Over 140 central-level organs, and constituent
agencies, will recruit 20,339 civil servants in 2013.
Half of the vacancies reportedly have attached conditions.
These include year-round business trips,
night-duty, and overtime work on public holidays.
China’s media have therefore labeled these vacancies
“the most arduous golden-rice-bowls in history."
Reports state that, “these are also painstaking
positions for golden-rice-bowl civil service jobs.”
“The 2013 Civil Service vacancies show
the arduous side of the golden rice bowl.”
By contrast, Chinese civilians have a different attitude.
Many netizens have refuted the “most arduous” remarks.
A netizen from Chengdu posted, “It uses the recruitment
to spread lies about how hard the civil service work is.”
This post received thousands of favorable comments.
A netizen mocked the alleged “arduousness” of the vacancies.
They remarked that it may refer to suffering from high blood-
pressure, high blood cholesterol, or alcohol liver disease.
Another internet user wrote, “compared with
front-line workers, can it be called painstaking work?”
“Granted that it’s hard work, put aside the gray income,
how much higher are a civil servant’s wage and
benefits in comparison with a front-line workers?”
Guo Chunping, Guangzhou freelancer:
“I know that the civil service isn’t that painstaking.
All you can say is that some of the civil service jobs,
like in companies, they are under certain pressures.
Working at night will receive overtime payment."
Guo Chunping says that the dictatorship in China
enables official authorities to be free of effective control.
The civil servants become the more
advantageous social group.
A civil service job amounts to a stable career, power,
and better benefits, plus considerable gray income.
A media professional with the screen name
“Bo Tong” also opposed the “most arduous” comment.
“Bo Tong” said that this so-called “arduous” is really nothing,
but the same situation faced by most normal professions.
“Must a civil servant be treated as though living in a first-tier
city, earning envious salaries, but drinking tea and reading newspapers from nine to five every day?”
“Bo Tong” wrote that the alleged civil servants
“arduousness” was an intentional media hype.
The very fact that there are 2 million applicants
competing for the vacancies has confuted the claim.
In 2009, a joint-survey released by 13 media
sources showed that by occupation, the “happiness index” for civil servants highest.
Their happiness especially comes from family and marriage.
“Bo Tong” asked, “are they all 『mining joy from hardship’?”
Zhu Xinxin, former editor of Hebei People’s Radio Station,
reveals that many students want to be civil servants.
However, working in mainland China’s officialdom
is really a mental suffering for a normal person.
Zhu Xinxin: “When you just enter this sector,
you’ll have to undergo a course of mental torture.
Initially, you may not fit to it and have some reactions.
But as time goes by, you’ll become numb,
which means you may have adapted to it.
If a person could live handsomely amongst it, that would
mean he’s completely lost his soul. This is something awful.”
Wang Kai, a netizen from Dongguan, appeals
to students to not obsess over this power.
Wang Kai: “In today’s China, the civil service
jobs actually cooperate with the dictatorship.
I think a man with thought should reject such
cooperation, and refuse to participate in this group.”
The official release stated that 2013 civil service recruitment
will start from October 15 and close on October 24.
The 2013 civil service exam will
be held on November 25, 2012.