|Shandong domestic helpers command 15,500 yuan wages
At an unusual auction in eastern Shandong Province, 40 families bid for the services of eight nannies.
Sunday's event in Jinan City offered domestic helper services for monthly wages ranging from 5,200 yuan to 15,500 yuan.
Tian Hua, director of Shandong Tiangong Human Resource Service Center, believes that demand for home helps will grow along with the economy, urbanization and the relaxed birth control policy, Xinhua reports.
Wan Zhong, director of Shandongdasao domestic service training, hopes the new birth control policy will push up the demand for his trainees.
In December 2013, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the top legislature, approved the decision to allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The policy is effective in Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui.
Demand for domestics has led to a shortage in many parts of the country. In big cities, the income of a well qualified nanny is usually above 10,000 yuan, and according to a report by employment analysts zhaopin.com, the median monthly income for white-collar workers in Beijing is 5,453 yuan. The National Bureau of Statistics reckon the percentage of migrants working as domestics dropped from 12.7 percent in 2010 to 12.2 percent in 2012. An investigation by the women's federation of northeast China's Liaoning Province last year showed demand for 800,000 helpers in the province, and only 300,000 workers were available.
Zheng Yujie of China Investment Corporation said government should improve the home service market with better laws and regulations to protect clients, home service organizations and workers.
According to guidance for the home service industry issued by the State Council in 2010, the home service market and support organizations should be stable by 2015 with a balance between supply and demand.