Miao Qi of Finance and Economics: "Our orders have grown steadily in the past two years, and we also need to ensure supply during the Spring Festival, so we have already made a plan to retain employees for the New Year. Relevant incentive policies have been introduced in terms of returning to work later to ensure the demand for labor during the Spring Festival.
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"Our orders have grown steadily in the past two years, and we also need to ensure supply during the Spring Festival, so we have already made plans to keep employees on the spot for the New Year."
On December 14, Cang Mingming, human resources manager of Shangyu Yingtai Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., told China Business News that the company has a total of more than 700 employees, three-quarters of which are non-local employees. At present, about 60% to 70% of employees are willing to stay in the factory for the New Year.
Cang Mingming said that taking into account the subsidies given by the Shaoxing Shangyu District government to stay in Shaoxing during the Chinese New Year, and the nearly five times the overtime wages and subsidies that the company paid to employees during the Spring Festival holiday, during the 10 days during the Spring Festival alone, every ordinary employee It can increase income by an average of 3,000 yuan; plus the red envelopes and transportation subsidies after the Spring Festival, the amount is not low.
Gao Yunfeng, an employee of Shangyu Yingtai Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., has decided to stay with his wife for the New Year this year. He has calculated that he can get at least 5,000 yuan in subsidies and rewards.
For companies with relatively sufficient orders, due to the demand for employment, there is an incentive to retain people.
As a traditional labor importing city, the relevant person in charge of the Shaoxing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau told Yicai Global that after preliminary research earlier (before the release of the "New Ten Measures"), more than 80% of the interviewed companies planned to maintain normal production during the Spring Festival.
Facing the grim situation this year and next, many local governments have introduced corresponding policies, whether it is to "grab" back orders, boost local consumption, or focus on long-standing labor problems.
Zhejiang, which is at the forefront of "grabbing orders" when going overseas, also took the lead in launching the "retaining and grabbing people" action.
"one step ahead"
In exchange for "one step faster" for "one move to win", Zhejiang is implementing a series of measures to achieve the goals of stabilizing and retaining workers and activating the real estate market.
On December 9th, Shaoxing City held a press conference on the twelve measures of "getting off the ground and stabilizing growth" in 2023, clearly implementing the twelve measures of "getting off the ground and stabilizing growth" in 2023, focusing on consumption that was most severely affected by the epidemic In the field of cultural tourism, foreign trade and export, the resumption of work and production during the Spring Festival is the most critical field of rework and return to work, the "basic" manufacturing field of Shaoxing's economic development, and the real estate field that is currently under greater downward pressure.
Shaoxing proposed that before Christmas, New Year's Day, Spring Festival and other important nodes, a number of policy measures and starting points should be planned and launched in various aspects such as consumption and foreign trade.
Among them, in terms of stabilizing jobs and staying workers, Shaoxing City has launched ten measures, including a one-time issuance of "New Shaoxing People" consumer coupons worth 800 yuan, "staying in Shaoxing for the Chinese New Year" traffic, "New Year's goods delivered home" warm gift packs, and other reliefs, rewards etc.
At the same time, all state-owned scenic spots, venues, and places are open to employees and their families staying in Shaoxing free of charge.
In addition, the government encourages companies to attract employees to stay in Shaoxing for the New Year by giving out red envelopes and improving working conditions.
The relevant person in charge of the Shaoxing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau said that the introduction of policies related to job stabilization is to do a good job in employment services such as "retaining, returning, attracting, and recruiting" to alleviate problems such as rising labor costs and periodic labor shortages before and after the Spring Festival. The continuity and stability of economic development during the Spring Festival.
This is the first employment policy issued by Zhejiang Province this year.
On December 12, Yiwu, the "factory of the world", also introduced ten measures to "stay in Yiwu for the Chinese New Year", covering consumption subsidies, transportation, red envelopes for staying on the job, production subsidies, etc. The local economy helps enterprises to "take back orders", making the supply chain of the industrial chain stable and smooth.
Among them, non-Jinhua residents in Yiwu who pay the basic pension insurance for employees in Yiwu can apply for a digital RMB red envelope of 500 yuan per person; for family members of employees of enterprises with normal production during the Spring Festival who come to Yiwu to celebrate the New Year, the employee's family will be given 1,000 yuan digital renminbi red envelope.
During the Spring Festival, all parking lots in Yiwu are free of parking fees, and the city's buses are free to ride.
At the same time, Yiwu will also carry out a series of recruitment activities, and organize "point-to-point" pick-up and drop-off by chartered planes, cars, and special trains for newly arrived migrant workers in key areas outside Yiwu with concentrated personnel and time.
For industrial enterprises and construction sites with continuous production during the Spring Festival, while ensuring the supply of finance, water, electricity, gas, etc., Yiwu also plans to ensure the operating income of more than 10 million yuan in the first quarter of 2023 and a year-on-year increase. For industrial enterprises, each enterprise will be rewarded with 100,000 yuan.
Business options vary
For enterprises, keeping people in place for the New Year is more a decision based on their own production and employment needs.
In the implementation of the "New Ten Measures" for epidemic prevention and control, the development of the epidemic itself has also become an important factor affecting the decision of enterprises.
Zhejiang Diai Intelligent Control Technology Co., Ltd., which made a plan to keep employees on the spot for the Spring Festival in the year before and last year, has not yet made a corresponding plan this year.
"I don't think we will take the initiative to keep people this year." Chen Yuyan, the secretary of the company's board of directors, told China Business News that the factory employees began to have positive cases today, and they are busy with epidemic prevention work. There is a high probability that they will not pass through various epidemic prevention measures like the previous two Spring Festivals. The incentive policy actively keeps employees on the spot for the New Year.
However, they have also prepared more single-room dormitories for employees to use in isolation at home.
Chen Yuyan said that the company's orders this year were basically the same as last year's, and last year's orders exceeded the previous year's. Therefore, last year's investment of more than 1 million yuan to retain people for the Chinese New Year was smooth, and 70% of the production lines were opened on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year.
The relevant person in charge of Zhejiang Hailiang Co., Ltd. told China Business News that the company will make corresponding arrangements this year according to the order and production situation and the willingness of employees to return home.
Special incentive policies will be formulated for employees who need to stay for the New Year due to production and operation, and employees who need to return to their hometowns will also be targeted to encourage them to return to work in time after the Spring Festival.
"I don't know how the epidemic will develop during the Spring Festival. It is uncontrollable." Cang Mingming said that they have made corresponding internal preparations for the spread of the epidemic. Due to relatively complete facilities such as canteens and dormitories, the factory itself can To achieve closed-loop production, some temporary emergency materials were also procured in advance.
Of course, they also give support to employees who have not been home for the New Year for many years and hope to go home for the New Year this year. They will first ensure that urgent and important orders can be completed in time according to the urgency and quality of the order.
The relevant person in charge of the Shaoxing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau pointed out that more than 80% of the above-mentioned companies are willing to leave the survey results for the New Year before the release of the "New Ten Measures" for epidemic prevention and control. With the development of the epidemic and the continuous optimization of policies, the plans of enterprises Subject to adjustment.
The government, on the other hand, mainly encourages and fully respects the choices of enterprises themselves.
In the downturn period when domestic demand and external demand are simultaneously contracting, enterprises generally face the challenge of declining foreign trade orders.
To this end, some companies have also made plans for early holidays this year.
As foreign trade orders have shrunk by one-third this year, the person in charge of a company that produces and sells Christmas ornaments in Zhejiang told China Business News that the factory has closed for holidays earlier than usual.
As for the recruitment, it depends on next year's market and orders before making plans.
The person in charge of a sauna equipment manufacturing foreign trade company in Xuzhou, Jiangsu told China Business News that consumer confidence in the European market has been affected by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the company's orders for this year have dropped by 50%.
For this reason, they plan to have a holiday a week earlier than usual for the Spring Festival this year.
At present, the factory is still in production.
In addition to the imminent Spring Festival employment, Cang Mingming said that in the short term, the company has no obvious employment challenges, but in the long run, as the aging of the chemical industry intensifies, it is becoming more and more difficult to recruit young workers, and it will inevitably face greater challenges.
For this reason, while stabilizing workers, the company is also relieving long-term employment problems through continuous investment in automation and intelligence and technological transformation.
Similarly, Lianbao Technology, located in Hefei, Anhui, is Lenovo's (global) largest PC R&D and manufacturing base.
Qian Li, Director of Public Relations of Lianbao Technology, told China Business News that with the liberalization of the epidemic prevention policy, the number of employees returning to their hometowns for the New Year is bound to increase. It is predicted that the turnover rate of factories will increase. Potential impact, employee retention is a top priority this year.
She said that in the past two years, the company has introduced relevant incentive policies for retaining people before the year, mid-year attendance, and returning to work after the year, so as to ensure the demand for labor during the Spring Festival.
This year is also planned.
Before and after the Spring Festival of the Year of the Tiger, the company introduced a series of stay-at-home policies during the Spring Festival, and invested more than 20 million yuan to retain about 5,000 employees. Even on the last day of the year, there were still 10,000 employees on duty, which effectively guaranteed production.
"During the Spring Festival, the labor demand of enterprises is still quite large. During the peak order period, factories will still face greater labor challenges." Qian Li said that after more than three years of demand climbing, the PC market demand has shown A sharp downward trend, global PC shipments fell by as much as 15%.
However, through the comprehensive promotion of high-end product transformation and enterprise digital transformation, Lianbao Technology is expected to achieve a slight increase in overall revenue this year compared with last year when the overall shipments outperformed the market.
With the acceleration of automation, digitalization and intelligence, the employment difficulties of some manufacturing enterprises have eased in recent years.
Qian Li pointed out that taking Lianbao Technology's notebook computer assembly line as an example, through the upgrading and transformation of production equipment, the automation rate of the production line has continued to increase, and some sections have been unmanned.
At the same time, through the application of digital projects such as digital performance management and intelligent employment platform, the overall man-hour utilization rate has increased by 31%, and the overall equipment efficiency has increased by 5%. Gradually ease the employment pressure of enterprises."