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China eases qualification requirements

Updated: Dec 8,2016 11:00 AM

The State Council relaxed the qualification requirements for 114 positions, including temporary tour guides and house cleaners.

The cabinet released a list of to-be-cancelled jobs requiring qualifications on Dec 8 that includes seven professional jobs and another 107 technical personnel, covering transportation, agriculture, tourism, investment, water resource, human resource and meteorology.

The move is aimed to further streamline administration, optimize services and promote the spirit of mass entrepreneurship and innovation, while deepening reforms on personnel development.

All the related departments should transform their functions to stimulate market vitality and social creativity while exerting more efforts to fulfill the task of cancelling vocational qualifications, which will greatly boost employment and cut red tape.

Human resources departments should make sure all the listed qualification items are eliminated over time, the document stated.

A whitelist of occupation qualifications should be published. Any other items off the list should not be set up. Except for admission-related qualifications, other listed items should not be used as an excuse against job seekers or startups.

The decision also emphasized the importance of supervision to guarantee the smooth and successful implementation.

In addition, the government urged related departments to build a qualification accreditation system in an effort to regulate qualification and certificate holders and to prevent illegal activities such as renting certificates.