BEIJING， May 5 -- In the past six months， eastern China's Zhejiang Province has recruited contract-based government officers in an attempt to reform the civil servant system amid China's anti-corruption campaign.
But the move has led to controversy， as people worry the reform in civil servant employment in Yiwu City is reform in name only.
to Yiwu City's website， five candidates are currently being recruited to fill local government positions， analyst， manager.
The contract-based jobs pay between 300，000 yuan and 600，000 yuan per year， civil servants.
CONTRACTS BRING CONTROVERSY
Contract- controversial due to its higher pay and ineffective dismissal system.
Shenzhen initiated a similar scheme on a larger scale in 2010. Among more than 3，200 civil servants hired on three-year labor contracts， none of them were dismissed from their jobs after their contracts expired.
Under Chinese labor laws， once a worker has signed two labor contracts with the same employer in a row， the employee and employer can sign， through negotiations， a work contract with no fixed terms. This stipulation also applies to local civil servants.
"China has taken a market- it needs more professional talents to join the civil service. But the supporting performance evaluation system still lags behind， which poses challenges to management，" said Wang Jinjun，
Civil servant systems based on labor contracts are prevalent in developed countries and regions， including the United States， the United Kingdom and Singapore.
to the Civil Servant Law， which took effect in 2006， China has allowed local governments to recruit contract-based civil servants with professional and technological expertise.
"This landmark move sends a signal that civil servants w do，" Wang said.
Following Shenzhen， other places in China， including Shanghai Municipality， Fujian and Henan provinces， Region started similar schemes to transfer government officers in service from de facto life-long employment to limited employment based on labor contracts.
But the reality has turned out to be a bit different.
China has more than seven million civil servants. Yet statistics released by the State Administration of Civil Service in 2011 showed that the country only terminated about 4，000 public servants over the past five years.
BREAKING THE IRON RICE BOWL
"We need more well-educated and experienced personnel， but the traditional ci， port management and logistics，" said Chen Lingling， department.
In China， annual civil servant exam. Once employed， they are guaranteed job security until retirement， higher than those of private sectors.
and welfare benefits has been called the "iron rice bowl，" and it has been a popular career among young Chinese.
However， its drive.
China has witnessed a sharp decline in confirmed registrations of test-takers for the civil service examination this year.
Recruitment programs are ongoing in 21 provincial regions. There are 101，800 vacancies， a 13.2 percent year-on-year decrease. The number of qualified applicants has reached 2.56 million for this year， down 12.3 percent from 2013.
more difficult under the anti-corruption campaign， since behavior of public servants is under tight supervision by the government as well as the public.
measures to reform its civil servant system. Contract-based civil service could promote the building of a clean， effective and professional government and provide a new channel for talented people to make contributions.
"But the performance evaluation process should be more transparent， open and fair，" said Xu Fagen， public administration professor with Zhejiang University.
He said one way is to improve the recruitment and dismissal mechanism. "Whether a government officer stays or leaves should depend on standard performance appraisal rather than any high-level individuals."