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Hepatitis B test dropped

Published on Friday, 19 Mar 2010
Hepatitis B tests abolished
Mainland staff say they want to switch jobs.
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Hepatitis B tests will no longer be required for pre-employment health checks for government jobs on the mainland, Xinhua reports.

According to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, hepatitis-B screening that was compulsory should no longer be conducted.

Last month, the two ministries and the Ministry of Education announced the decision to take out hepatitis-B tests from  pre-employment physical examinations for job seekers. Mainland schools are also no longer required to perform pre-enrolment tests for the virus on students.


Arrests over illegal workers  

Twenty people were arrested  on Wednesday for either  working illegally in Hong Kong  or employing illegal workers, according to the Immigration Department.

In one operation, officers from the Immigration Department raided 18 locations around Hong Kong, including restaurants, salons, retail shops and a trading company.

Five illegal workers - two  men and three women aged between 19 and 44 - were arrested. Three employers suspected of illegally hiring the workers were also arrested.

In the second operation, officers from the Labour and Immigration Departments raided nine locations in the New Territories. Five women illegal workers and seven employers were arrested.


Most staff want to switch jobs  

Almost 93 per cent of mainland workers intend to switch jobs in the near future, China Daily reports.

A survey by human resources provider Chinahr.com of 5,000 people found those who have worked between one and five years in their present jobs made up 84 per cent of those eyeing new pastures, while employees with less than a year's experience in their positions made up 9 per cent. Reasons for wanting to change jobs vary, with 39 per cent blaming unsatisfactory pay and welfare packages, 38 per cent citing lack of personal development, 11 per cent fearing no promotion, 6 per cent citing unbearable pressure and 4.6 per cent claiming their bosses/colleagues were difficult.

A total of 39 per cent expected a 30- to 50-per cent rise in salary after switching jobs, while 35 per cent anticipated a 10- to 30-per cent increase. Last year, the expectation was between 20 and 30 per cent. 

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