The rules surrounding those who are employed with companies through a temporary staffing agency have been tightened from the end of December, as part of a move that is looking to make sure that everyone is afforded the same rights in a company.
According to the government, from the middle of the new year, it will be the responsibility of companies to make sure they are doing all they can to ensure that staff who are hired through a contracting agency are still afforded all the same rights as those within permanent positions.
In 2008, the Chinese authorities introduced new rules which meant that all private companies had to pay their employees health insurance and social security benefits, and also made it very difficult for them to hire with ease.
This meant that the growth of contracting agencies rocketed, as private firms looked for ways to circumnavigate this, and have staff that they could get rid of easily without having to go through all of the procedures outlined in new laws.
“Hiring via labor contracting agents should be arranged only for temporary, supplementary and backup jobs," said the amendment to the regulations, which comes into place at the start of July 2013.
In most companies, contracted workers make up around a third of all staff, such is the importance of these firms to companies looking to make things easier on themselves.
However, with some seeing as many as 50 per cent of their staff working on a temporary basis, it was clear something had to be done to address this.
Kan He, vice chairman of the legislative affairs commission of the National People's Congress standing, told China Post: “In order to prevent abuse, the regulations control the total numbers and the proportion of workers that can be contracted through agencies and companies cannot expand either number or proportion at whim," adding that it should always be the case that the majority of workers at any private firm are hired through regular channels.
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