Beijing: China is attracting more and more foreign job seekers as its economy shines amid the global slowdown. Nearly 600,000 expatriates live in China, according to the latest census in 2010. Earlier, the nationwide census did not cover foreign workers.

"The number of expats working in China has been increasing since the reform and opening up (in 1978)," Yin Chengji of the Human Resources and Social Security ministry, was quoted as saying.

According to Feng Lijuan, chief consultant at 51job.com, a human resources service provider in China, the company's overseas talent pool stood at 300,000, a rise of 150 percent compared with late 2008.

Her website provided nearly 65,000 work opportunities for overseas talent in early January, an annual increase of 20 percent, Feng said. Most positions are connected to finance, insurance, hotels, energy, environmental protection, and electronics and car manufacturing, she said.

(Agencies)