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Chinese workers shun blue-collar posts despite ever-growing salaries

The converging wages of fresh graduates and blue-collar workers in China have been a contentious topic surfacing from time to time. In 2010, the state-run Global Times reported that the starting salary for fresh graduates was CNY1,500 (USD238) a month, only CNY300 more than that of a blue-collar migrant worker. At a job fair in north-east Liaoning province last month, companies were willing to pay CNY2,400 for a waiter but only CNY1,200 for an executive position.