China's Coastal City Welcomes Housekeepers from Rural NW

April 13, 2017
By Yao Jian, Xiu Jiangmin and Wang DanqingEditor: Rong Chen

The women's federation in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, has recently established a recruitment channel that allows over 1,900 women from less-developed regions in the northwest of the country to move to the city to work as housekeepers.

"This initiative follows the Central Committee's decision last year, which specified that Qingdao should offer direct assistance to the city of Longnan, northwest China's Gansu Province," an official reported.

The federation signed an employment transfer agreement with representatives of the women of Longnan at a symposium in January, the official added.

According to the papers, women in Longnan get priority to attend training sessions in the field of domestic services and later have precedence over relevant job offers in Qingdao.

"This kind of priority enables such women to settle in Qingdao as soon as possible. The fee they pay is only 10 percent of their salary in the first month," explained Liu Airong, director of the Women's Employment and Entrepreneurship Guidance Center in Qingdao, and leader of a local team of volunteers.

"Liu's team originally helped me get my first job offer as a housekeeper in 2004 in Qingdao," recalled Xie Jinxiang, 42, who once spent 24 hours traveling from Longnan to the city on her first trip.

"Nowadays, my monthly wage is 4,000 yuan (U.S.$ 580), which is equal to the annual revenue my husband can earn at a farm. It also means I am the main bread-earner," Xie said.

"Therefore, my family has decided to move to the coastal city, and we love the people and climate here," Xie added.

"My city-dweller employers think I am a reliable housekeeper, and I want to continue working in the field of domestic services," said another Longnan-native housekeeper Yang E'zi.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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