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China’s top ten employer Scams

Paul French in Shanghai, Asia Editor

As published by the Shanghai Labor and Social Security Bureau on its Website (

Over 700 Shanghai residents voted on the most common scams from March 5 to 12.

All of the 35 scams were based on real-life criminal cases.

1. Companies continually recruit new staff to replace employees who are finishing their probationary period. As people on probation usually receive lower payment than formal employees, some employers try to reduce labor costs by constantly hiring new workers.

2. Recruiters require applicants to attend paid training programs at their designated training institutes in order to get a job.

3. Companies that are not licensed as government-approved internship bases sign internship agreements with job seekers, as opposed to formal work contracts which are promised in recruitment ads.

4. Job agencies for applicants to pay a deposit, training fee or commission.

5. Companies ask job applicants to submit design work prior to an interview. The works are often used commercially later even if the applicant didn’t get the job.

6. Companies bring in applicants for sales jobs, and then push them to buy products.

7. Jobs offered are very different from what a recruiter originally claimed.

8. Insurance companies request their non-insurance business operators get an “professional insurance qualification” to cash in on applicants’ exam fees.

9. Employers claim they want to recruit formal workers, but applicants are only offered temporary jobs and no benefits.

10. Firms ask for sales people, but are actually running a pyramid sales scheme.