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Shanghai government ups push to attract overseas talent

Source: SHINE

Professionals in industries including integrated circuitry, biomedicine, and artificial intelligence are among the badly needed overseas talent the city will try to attract from this year, local human resources authorities told a working conference on Friday.

The attraction of high-end talent for Shanghai’s Zhangjiang and Lingang areas, the free trade zone, the Hongqiao business area and the demonstration zone for integrated development in the Yangtze River Delta is also one of this year’s key tasks, said Zhao Zhuping, director of the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

Last year, Shanghai streamlined the process for foreigners to come into Shanghai for work, and handled a total of 80,399 work permit applications for foreigners and attracted 12,533 returned overseas Chinese who have finished study abroad.

According to Zhao, this year Shanghai aims to create 500,000 new jobs, including at least 150,000 in strategic emerging industries, while helping 10,000 people start businesses, with some 6,000 of the new entrepreneurs being young college students.

Last year, the city created 582,000 new jobs and helped 11,583 people start up their own businesses.

He said the city will also help 8,000 long-term unemployed young people find jobs or start-up businesses this year. Last year, Shanghai over-fulfilled its target, benefiting 8,602 such people.

There were 194,100 unemployed people in the city by the end of last year, but Shanghai will continue to keep the unemployment rate stable at around 4.3 percent this year.

It will also enhance mediation work in industrial parks to solve labor disputes more effectively. This year’s target is to have 90 percent of industrial parks covered by mediation organizations.

Last year, the city handled 130,500 labor disputes and helped employees get back 880 million yuan (US$129.90 million) in salaries.