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Labor Shortage Affects Secondary Aluminum Enterprises
Feb 21,2011 09:43CST
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SHANGHAI, Feb. 18 (SMM) -- The habitual labor shortages in the southeast coastal areas of China after the Chinese New Year negatively affected secondary aluminum enterprises.

Manufacturers in east and south China always face a widespread recruitment problem after the Chinese New Year holiday. With the rapid increases in the development of China’s central and western regions, the original labor exporting provinces are taking great efforts to convince local workers of working at local enterprises, which directly result in staff shortfall in east and south China, and some secondary aluminum enterprises failed to operate at full capacity due to staff shortage. 

According to SMM sources, secondary aluminum enterprises have gradually resumed operations since February 10th, and nearly half of enterprises have experienced recruitment difficulties, with the staff shortfall of 10% -20% in general. A recycled aluminum company in Yongkang, Zhejiang province told SMM that many workers would not come back to the company after returning to their hometown for the Chinese New Year, and they face a staff shortfall of 50%. However, overall orders were up after the holiday, and the huge employment gap makes the company unable to deliver goods on schedule.

The recruitment difficulties are mainly faced by secondary aluminum enterprises in the eastern coastal areas, while employment conditions at secondary aluminum enterprises in Henan province and southwest China are more optimistic, since these areas rely mainly on local labor force, and as the gap of various aspects of treatment between these areas and east and south China narrows gradually along with the rapid development in recent years, local workers are also more inclined to stay in local enterprises.

Although secondary aluminum enterprises in east and south China are facing recruitment problems, but these difficulties will be gradually eased, since many workers will return to enterprises after spending the Lantern Festival on February 17th with their families, and enterprises in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Guangdong provinces are also increasing workers’ wages.   


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