China Adds New Blockchain Post to List of ‘Officially Recognized Jobs’

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Chinese authorities have placed another blockchain-related post on the nation’s official list of jobs.

Per the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the State Council body responsible for national labor policies, has added nine new official jobs to its list of officially recognized jobs. Among their number is “blockchain app technician/operator.”

The decision follows on from another announcement earlier this year from the same ministry, which added “blockchain developer” to its list.

The ministry’s move, says the newspaper, comes as part of Beijing’s greater blockchain push. The media outlet wrote,

“The demand for blockchain engineering technicians and app operators will increase [in China].”

And the report’s author added that blockchain technology “has broad application prospects.”

State-run companies are reportedly scooping up blockchain talent in China, where startups are already complaining they are having trouble finding enough specialists to fill vacancies. Earlier this year, Cryptonews.com reported that demand is outstripping supply for blockchain specialist jobs in the Middle Kingdom – due in part to the rapidly expanding digital yuan ecosystem.

Chinese tech giants like Tencent and Alibaba, the operators of two e-pay platforms that have collectively cornered some 15% of the nation’s payments markets, have growing blockchain departments, while several major international crypto exchanges – founded in China prior to the 2017 crypto crackdown – have recently returned to the country in recent months to ostensibly operate large-scale blockchain operations.

A number of coronavirus and infectious disease-fighting roles were also added to the new list, including “disinfection specialist,” “epidemic prevention officer” and “public health official.”
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