New survey has found that Chinese tech workers are now showing greater interest in blockchain as President Xi Jinping including other senior officials line up in supporting the development of the said technology.

Zhaopin.com, a recruitment services provider emailed Caixin a survey that shows job seekers outnumbering vacancies offered by blockchain-related companies by 7.12 times in the third quarter of 2019.

However, thanks to last year’s government ban on initial coin offerings by cryptocurrency developers, the demand for blockchain-proficient workers have weakened. The sectors of the internet, e-commerce, and computer software reported the highest demand for blockchain staff.

Software engineers, which accounted for 7.89% of total blockchain-related vacancies were the most sought after followed by sales personnel as the most wanted hires. Blockchain workers average salary of around 16,000 yuan (2,273) remained steady year-on-year, the survey added.

The most robust demand for blockchain workers among first tier cities was posted by Shenzhen, with a total of 21% related vacancies posted in the southern city.

The survey comes after Xi urged in promoting the development of blockchain technology to policymakers in his speech last month.

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