#Wayment, China might be living in 2020 already with the job perks some of their companies are offering employees.

For example, there are at least two Chinese firms that give single female employees over the age of 30 an additional eight days of paid annual leave to “go home and date,” according to @telegraph. So if you’re SINGLE single and you work for these companies, not having enough time to date just won’t cut it anymore as an excuse.

Workers at a Song dynasty-themed tourist attraction are allowed to take an extra break during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, according to a notice posted by the companies.

This job benefit stems from China’s long-held traditional beliefs that women who aren’t married off by their 30s are undesirable and are considered “leftover women” or “shengnu.” But a growing middle class and diversifying economy has led to a growing number of Chinese women who are career-focused and choosing to marry later if at all.

China’s marriage rate has also fallen every year since 2013, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, leaving roughly 200 million single adults.

All this is adding strain to China’s demographics, where the population grew at a slower rate last year,  even after the abolition of the one-child policy. It’s raising concerns that an aging society and shrinking workforce will hurt future economic growth prospects.

In 2018, there were 15.23 million live births in China, which is  2 million less than the year before, according to official data.

In a recent survey, nearly 80%  of female respondents born after 1995 chose to describe themselves as “economically independent, able and cool.”  The remainder ticked the traditional “loving wife and mother” option, according to findings released by LinkedIn China and L’Oreal China in March.

The “dating leave” announcement comes after a high school, also in Hangzhou, a city in eastern China, reportedly rolled out a new policy to give single, stressed-out teachers an additional two days off every month of “love leave” to relax and help boost staff morale.

“Female employees mostly work in internal functional departments, and some are show performers,” Huang Lei, a human resources manager at one of the firms, told the local news. “They have less contact with the outside world; thus we hope to give more leave to them to give them more time and opportunities to be in contact with the opposite sex.”

#Roommates, are you here for a dating leave? Let us know!

TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh