The pressure on older workers exists across China’s industries, but it’s particularly acute in tech, Bloomberg writes. So if you are 30+ don’t even bother to apply.
Working in tech is like being a professional athlete.
The reason why for this is related to the plans of the country to set themselves apart in the global competition.
The pressure on older workers exists across China’s industries, but it’s particularly acute in tech, where the frenzy to hire young talent reveals the extent of the country’s desire to prove itself as a global leader. China has used tech advancements to propel its economy forward for decades, but President Xi Jinping’s Made in China 2025 plan kicked activity into a higher gear. As Xi’s political power has grown, so has the urgency in the industry to carry out his ambition: to dominate the world in advanced technologies, including semiconductors and artificial intelligence.
So, anxious to keep up with fierce competition, Bloomberg reports, Chinese internet companies often expect their employees to work a so-called 996 schedule: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 6 days a week, including holidays. A local recruiter said:
After age 30, it’s harder to recover from late nights, and as your priorities shift from job to family, working overtime becomes a greater burden.
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