An increasing number of people looking for short-term work are taking advantage of China’s booming internet economy, according to a recent report on part-time employment in China.
The report, which surveyed around 16,000 people working and living in counties or county-level districts in China, found that around 52.27% took on odd jobs or temporary labor in their spare time. In addition, over a quarter of them said they are working in internet-related sectors, including online car-hailing, food delivery, and e-commerce.
A large proportion of the respondents, around 40.25%, said they prefer part-time jobs online, while around 33.52% said they would like to have jobs that allow them to work both online and offline.
Jointly conducted by China’s largest online marketplace 58.com and a research center on county development in Tsinghua University, the survey also found that part-time jobs are gaining popularity among women, especially full-time housewives and stay-at-home moms who desire more flexibility than their male counterparts.
Women represented over half of the total number of part-time workers surveyed, and demonstrated a stronger preference than men for taking on odd jobs online. The report stated that “up to 70.66% of women respondents would like to take on a part-time job online.”
More and more part-timers are now seeking new opportunities through internet platforms, and over 50% of those surveyed said they are satisfied with their job-seeking experiences on the internet. But others also pointed out some common concerns they experienced such as insufficient social welfare for part-timers and less than desirable remuneration and rewards.
“The development of the internet and the digital economy will create more employment opportunities, help increase income, and improve fairness in the job market,” said Feng Mi, vice president of 58.com.
There are over 2,000 counties or county-level districts around China, and over 100 of them have a population of over 1 million, according to recent statistics.