Published: Sept.5, 2011
On May 20, 2011 a young social worker were helping with the communication between the a police officer and an foreign resident who lived in Jin Ma Community, where quite a few expats lived. The community especially recuited a total of eight english-speaking social workers to better the management of expats. (Photo credit: Liu Fanghui)
As the economy develops, Wuxi is picking up the speed in improving community service.
"The annual average pay for an employee working in non-private sector in the city last year is about 47,000 yuan," said an official from the city's human resources and social security bureau, "the city's government has issued a direction that the annual average pay for a social worker should reach 40,000 yuan this year and 50,000 yuan next year, maintaining an annual growth rate of about 10 percent."
"Around 70 percent of illegal and criminal activities are related with poor social management. Raising the standard of social management has become a key concern for government at all levels", said the official,"to apply for a social worker position, the applicants need to be junior college diploma holders, aged under 35, with basic computer skills and at least two years of work experience at community level."
Meanwhile, social workers have become more favored among qualified male university graduates. According to an official from the city's civil affairs bureau, the current ratio between male and female social workers has neared 3: 7, a rather obvious change from the previous 1: 9.
Another change lies in the average age of social workers, which is 40, 3 years lower than that in 2004.
From 2004 to 2010, social workers holding junior college degrees has risen from 28 percent to more than 50 percent in the group.
"The 14 workers in our community, including me, all have bachelor's degrees or above," said the general secretary of the community board of Taihu Garden No.2 Neighborhood, "I can still recall the day when we received the applications. It seemd as if we were recruiting civil servants."