Data specialist job offered by a temple draws the attention of waves of Chinese netizens
Global Times

The Fahua Temple in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province Photo: VCG

The Fahua Temple in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province Photo: VCG

A job posting by a Chinese temple for a data sorting specialist went unexpectedly viral on China's twitter-like Weibo, with many netizens expressing their eagerness to get the position with a monthly salary of more than $1,400.

The Fahua Temple, located in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, recently published a recruitment notice on its official WeChat account to hire for three positions, according to a report of local outlet The Paper.

One of the positions is for cultural and historical data sorting specialist, whose responsibilities include collecting the temple's relevant documents and historical materials, as well as writing reports such as the temple's press releases, work summaries and communications.

The temple offers a salary of 10,000 yuan ($1,492) per month for the position with a two-month probation period. The working hours are from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

The temple is also hiring a chef and a landscape keeper, the report said.

The Fahua Temple posted on its WeChat account the recruitment notice on Sunday to hire the cultural and historical data sorting specialist with an offered salary of 7,000-8,000 yuan ($1,364 - 1,558) per month. The previous recruitment notice with a salary of 10,000 yuan was deleted.

The recruitment also sparked a hot discussion on China's popular social media platform Weibo, with many netizens saying that they are very interested in the specialist job.

"It looks like a good position," one netizen wrote on Weibo on Wednesday.

Some netizens also stressed that the salary of 10,000 yuan is very high and sounds attractive.

However, there are also some netizens who cautioned that the job of a data specialist is not as simple as many people think as it is very boring, cumbersome and time consuming.

According to a video posted by a financial Weibo blogger named "Gongfucaijing" on Tuesday afternoon, nearly 100 people had applied for the job.

Among the comments on Fahua Temple's recruitment, some netizens also pointed out the fact that the position is attractive because it is difficult nowadays to get a job.

"Jobs are hard to find and Fahua Temple has become popular," one netizen wrote on Weibo.

China's unemployment rate has climbed during the recent coronavirus outbreaks but managed to slope down in recent weeks as the domestic economy recovered. In June, China's surveyed jobless rate in urban areas stood at 5 percent, compared with 6.1 percent in April and 5.9 percent in May, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed.