Air Conditioning Jobs In China ‘Could Be Up To 50%’ By 2020
China is looking to hire as many as 50,000 more people to work in air conditioners to meet the demand of a rapidly growing population and rising carbon emissions, the government said.
The number of people employed in the industry could reach 50% by 2020, according to the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC), which announced the increase in the number of jobs.
The government said the job increase would come from a combination of new entrants and existing staff.
“We will be using the newly opened air conditioner factories to further develop the air conditioning industry,” SAIC President Chen Zhanjiang said.
“The number of workers employed will be increased by 5% from 2020 to 2021 and another 5% each year after that.”
The agency said it planned to increase the number by up to 5 million workers by 2022 and 5 million by 2024.
According to SAIC, the number and percentage of jobs will be determined by the government’s 2020 target of 50% employment by 2020.
A report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in May predicted the country would see a surge in the use of air conditioning over the next five years, with demand for the technology expected to triple in the coming years.
Air conditioners have long been a part of Chinese society, especially in the western part of the country, and have been a major source of income for many Chinese.
In a recent report, the IHG said that the number that had been employed in air conditioning grew by more than 70% between 2006 and 2016, rising from 4.7 million to 13.4 million.
Many of the jobs would be held by people with no previous experience in the sector, although a majority of those who had received the training would be in the field.
China is home to one of the largest air conditioning factories in the world, making more than 2.6 million units a year.
At the start of this year, there were more than 13,000 people employed by the company, with more than 80% of the workers employed in China being male, according to the IHS.