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Foreigners Who Want To Work In Beijing Must Now Meet These Requirements

Posted: 09/16/2014 12:38 pm

expat workersForeigners have been streaming into Beijing for decades now, with many finding work as English teachers. Others do part-time work, some freelance. Some work on the wrong visa, while some even have criminal records in their home countries. The city’s cost of living and sometimes lax standards have meant that foreigners have some career flexibility. But that’s about to change.

Foreign expats trying to find employment in the city of Beijing will now have to fulfill a new set of requirements announced by the local government on Sunday. To work in Beijing, foreigners now must:

  • Be between 18 and 60 years old old with no criminal record
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or above with at least two years of relevant work experience. Teaching requires at least five years of relevant experience.
  • Have a valid passport or other valid international travel documents, and have a specific name for an employer
  • To hold a valid work permit and residence certificate.

The age limit for applicants applying to programs recruiting senior foreign experts is 65.

There are currently 37,000 foreign nationals working in Beijing.

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Shirtless Expats Selling Burgers A Hit At Liaoning Night Market [UPDATED]

Posted: 08/1/2014 9:01 am

little black hamburgers shenyang liaoningBesides an English teaching position in China, finding employment is tough. How far would you go for a job? Would you be willing to take your shirt off, dance around, and wear a hygiene mask?

Two expats from Africa are doing just that in operating a food vendor stand at a night market in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, reports Sina.

The duo usually divides the work with one making the hamburgers, while the other takes his shirt off and puts on a muscle show said to attract squeals from female patrons.

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The expats have named their popular stand “Little Black Hamburgers”. Chinese netizens have had mixed reactions:

The hundreds of thousands of black “uncles” in Guangzhou are awaiting for these screaming women to call them

Hahaha, these comments are full of self-hating losers with no muscles and jealous of others who have nothing to say but “that’s disgusting”. Hahaha, stupid cunts.

After catching this person working in an illegal trade, there’s no way this kind of person has a work permit

Do chengguan dare to deal with the likes of them?

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You have the resources, you have a head for business, why not sell your body? The business is good.

While a lot of attention has been paid to this chef duo, nobody has indicated if the burgers are any good.

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UPDATE August 14: Two weeks after their story went public, “Little Black Hamburgers” show no signs of waning media interest as they continue to gather crowds. As well, the pair who are students at the local university have new competition in the Shenyang night market from a woman identified as a Brazilian who is operating a stall next to them.little black hamburger shenyang liaoning

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Thousands strike at Nike, Adidas, Reebok factory in Dongguan over invalid contracts

Posted: 04/7/2014 9:02 am

Thousands of workers took to the streets on Saturday at a shoe making factory in Dongguan under the Taiwan-based Pou Chen Group when workers discovered that the factory has cheated them by using invalid contracts and signing up long-term workers with temporary staff social insurance schemes.

Yuyuan shoe factory in Gaobu Town in Dongguan is the biggest shoe making factory for more than 30 world famous sportswear brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Salomon. It has been operating in Dongguan since 1998 and currently has more than 60,000 workers, China News reported on April 5. It was also the factory where basketball legend Michael Jordan visited in 2004 on a China tour. 

One of the workers surnamed Li said he had been working in the factory for more than 10 years and was on a permanent work contract, but when he used the work contract as a proof to enroll his child into a local school, he was told the contract was not legally binding. Many other workers also reported similar instances, the report said. Migrant workers in Guangdong must present documents proving their long-term residency in the province, consecutive five-year records of social insurance fees, and one-child policy certificates in order to enroll their children into local schools, according to article 27 in the province’s laws managing migrant workers.

In addition to cheating workers by using invalid contracts, workers discovered that many of their social insurances schemes were downgraded to temp staff packages. According to the report, the downgrades were not only discovered in one of Yuyuan’s factories, but several other factories under Yuyuan as well. Workers had been negotiating with the factory, but nothing fruitful had come of it. It eventually escalated into Saturday’s protests.

Meanwhile, insurance standards in the factory also vary, according to the report. One of the workers surnamed Jiang said she paid more than RMB 40,000 ($6,440) for her insurance package, while another worker, who enrolled in the factory around the same time Jiang did, only paid a little over RMB 10,000 ($1,610). It was unclear what kind of packages Jiang or her coworker were entitled to.

One person in charge of one of the factories at Yuyuan declined to comment and said the factory is scheduling another round of negotiations with workers on April 14. The factory’s production has so far been uninterrupted by the protests.

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Cops arrest undocumented English teachers in Shenzhen

Posted: 08/13/2013 1:07 pm

It seems the Public Security Bureau isn’t playing around anymore when it comes to proper work permits.

One of the foreigners suspected of working illegally. (Shenzhen Daily)

The Shenzhen Daily is reporting today that “several” foreigners were arrested at English-training schools in Nanshan District, home of Shekou and a large population of foreign residents. The arrested teachers were apparently “taken away” by the PSB’s Nanshan District Sub-bureau for “illegal employment”:

The bureau did not reveal how many foreigners had been arrested or give further details as investigations into the cases are still continuing.

At present, there are about 13,000 foreign residents living in Nanshan District, accounting for 42 percent of the expatriate population in the city.

According to the Shenzhen Administration of Foreign Experts, about 11,000 foreigners with valid work permits were employed in Shenzhen last year, accounting for about 60 percent of the city’s foreign-worker population.

As always, the city is reminding foreigners they must hold valid teaching certificates and proper work visas to be employed in Shenzhen. No word on what kind of punishment these teachers may be in for.

China is starting to take the issue of visas and work permits a little more seriously after some convicted criminals from overseas have found their way into teaching positions at Chinese schools.

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