Beijing, Oct 24: More than 7,600 people will compete for one job at China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), making it the most sought after role during an annual civil servant recruitment drive.
Till Wednesday, a total of 1,121,530 people submitted applications and were qualified to take the exam to compete for more than 20,000 posts, according to a report by Huatu Education, a training company focusing on civil service applicants.
In total, 7,645 had applied for the role at NBS as of Wednesday, reported Xinhua.
As many as 214 posts have not yet been applied for.
Civil servant posts are sought after as they are stable jobs at a time when the job market has become increasingly tough.
”Hot posts are fervently applied for,” said Yu Hongze, an expert.
Some posts are not favoured because graduates do not have the required experience. Also, those who have experience do not want to work in remote areas as the role does not meet their expectations, Yu added.
In 2011, a single vacancy in the National Energy Administration attracted 4,961 applicants.