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Discrimination in civil service hiring: report
Global Times | November 22, 2011 00:56
By Zheng Yi
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A report published by the China University of Political Science and Law shows that serious discrimination marred this year's civil servant recruitment process, the Beijing Times revealed.

Investigations into the National People's Congress, courts, procuratorates, women's federations, disabled persons' federations and trade unions showed that discrimination against age, gender, social status, health, political status and even certain physical characteristics existed in all these departments, according to the report.

The report also said that discrimination against health and age exists in all the 9,762 positions offered by the six departments. For example, all the 92 positions offered by the civil aviation air police corps required candidates to be under the age of 28, the Beijing Times reported.

"There's no evidence to show that people over 28 years of age do not have the ability to fill a post in the civil service," Wang Zhenyu, a vice director of the public policy decision-making research center at the China University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times on Monday.

In addition to health and age, discrimination against political status, social status and gender is also common in civil servant recruitment, the report said.

According to the report, 19.1 percent of posts required candidates to be Communist Party members or Youth League members, 15.6 percent required candidates to be a certain gender, and 11.5 percent made requirements on social status such as limits on household registration (hukou) or geographical conditions. In addition, 0.4 percent of posts require candidates to possess certain physical characteristics.

"These limitations are totally unnecessary when recruiting civil servants, because I believe an older person will have more work experience than a younger one, and have a better idea of how to serve the public well," said Lu Xi, 28, a civil servant candidate.

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