Archives for: 2011

07/07/11

Permalink 02:14:11 am, by dacare, 836 words, 1361 views   English (US)
Categories: Technical, IT Recruiting, HR News Express

Chinese firm Huawei eyes U.S. talent

SAN JOSE — The question often comes up in job interviews, says Huawei executive John Roese, who has been recruiting scores of Silicon Valley engineers and programmers to help the Chinese tech giant take on Cisco Systems and other Western rivals.

The answer, Roese says, is: "No, we don't have any relationship with the Chinese government."

But the affable head of Huawei's North American research arm says he is used to confronting the subject. In recent years, concerns about Huawei's ownership scuttled its bid for a major telecommunications contract and forced the company to back away from two acquisitions after U.S. officials objected to the deals.

Huawei is one of China's biggest multinationals, with sizable financial and engineering resources, including 18 research centers around the world. But it's counting heavily on Silicon Valley talent to develop new hardware and software for telecom networks and corporate computer systems.

In the past year, Huawei has more than doubled the staff at its Santa Clara research center, growing to 430 with 200 more hires planned in 2011.

"Santa Clara is going to be a key to our future success," said Bill Plummer, a spokesman at Huawei's North American business headquarters in Plano, Texas.

But Huawei needs to overcome concerns raised by U.S. officials and members of Congress, who have charged that the company's efforts to acquire technology or sell communications gear to U.S. carriers could pose a threat to national security.

Huawei officials deny the allegations and have launched a campaign to reassure the United States.

Earlier this year, the company published an unusual open letter, inviting the U.S. government to investigate its background. In April, for the first time, Huawei published the names and photos of its corporate directors in its annual report — a standard practice for Western corporations.

"If we don't tell you who's running the company, then we're not being transparent. So we're now being very aggressive about that," said Roese. "We're starting a bit late. We were kind of an enigma to some."

Three years ago, Huawei was forced to withdraw a bid to invest in 3Com, the networking company later acquired by Hewlett-Packard, after U.S. officials raised concerns the deal would allow Chinese access to 3Com's technology. Earlier this year, Huawei said it backed away from a deal to buy the assets of 3Leaf Systems, a Silicon Valley cloud computing firm, after an interagency federal panel again raised objections.

A spokeswoman for the government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which has members from such agencies as Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security, said the panel's proceedings are confidential.

But two U.S. senators, Democrat Jim Webb of Virginia and Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona, warned in a public letter that the 3Leaf deal "could pose a serious risk" to the United States, in part because of Huawei's "well-established ties" to the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Concerns have focused on Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei's 10 years as an army official, in a country where the military often has influence over state-run industries, and on reports that Huawei has received financial support from the Chinese government.

Huawei, which says Ren started the company four years after retiring from the army in 1983, insists the government has no ownership or role in the operation. Huawei officials have blamed competitors for stirring up protectionist sentiment.

"We recognize that because Huawei has a heritage in China and the fact that the U.S. and Chinese governments have at times had a tense relationship, we are unfortunately viewed through the prism of that relationship," Plummer said.

The company lost out on a major contract to supply gear for Sprint last year after objections were raised in Washington, according to The Wall Street Journal.

But Huawei is vying for other U.S. deals and has contracts with major telecom carriers in Europe and Canada, which have "rigorously audited" Huawei's technology, Plummer said.

At its Santa Clara campus, meanwhile, Huawei is working to develop new networking technology, as well as software to manage complex IT systems and new ways to integrate computing, networking and data storage.

Huawei is the world's second-largest supplier of networking gear for telecommunications carriers, according to the Gartner research firm. Now it wants to sell a broad range of technology to other businesses, putting it squarely in competition with Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and others.

It also wants to build systems that carriers can use to offer cloud computing services to their customers. And it's entered the consumer market with a line of smartphones and a new 7-inch Android tablet announced last month.

"We're not an established player" in those markets, Roese acknowledged. But he said that's been a selling point to recent hires, including former engineers at Sun Microsystems, Cisco and other Silicon Valley companies.

Roese describes Huawei as "a very aggressive, 100,000-person startup," with all the resources but far less bureaucracy than other tech giants. "It's a really interesting technology company," he tells job candidates, "that happens to have started in another part of the world."

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06/12/11

Permalink 12:51:02 am, by dacare, 522 words, 762 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker, Comp, Salary & Benefit

Chinese professionals prefers domestic firms

SHANGHAI - With the growth of the national economy and the continuous development of Chinese enterprises, more middle- and high-level professionals in China now prefer to work for domestic companies rather than foreign-owned enterprises, human resources experts said.

"Multinational companies have long been in a favorable position in the recruiting market due to their liberal reward and advanced management culture," said Chen Jiewei, senior consulting manager with China International Intellectech Corporation (CIIC), a Shanghai-based HR services company.

"But over the past five years, Chinese companies have been doing excellently and many of them have been listed abroad. They have demonstrated their competitive strength," Chen told China Daily, "Now they can offer salaries and bonus plans that are competitive with foreign companies, which makes them increasingly attractive for high-level management professionals."

A report from CIIC said that the annual salary for management positions in Chinese enterprises is basically equal to that in Japanese enterprises, about 200,000 yuan ($30,880) a year (before tax), while for European and US enterprises it is about 250,000 yuan a year. For director positions, European and US enterprises generally provide an annual salary of more than 400,000 yuan, while Chinese enterprises offer more than 300,000 yuan and Japanese enterprises about 300,000 yuan .

For senior management positions, the annual salary in a European or US enterprise is about 800,000 yuan, while large Chinese enterprises offer about 600,000 yuan and Japanese enterprises about 500,000 yuan.

But Chen said that it is not only the salaries that are driving high-level talent toward Chinese companies. It is also a better personal career path.

"Multinational companies have developed for a long time in China, and practiced a localization strategy, but even so, a lot of senior management positions are still dominated by foreigners. High-level Chinese staff often find it's hard to break through the bottleneck and advance," Chen explained. "They have no scope for their particular talents."

"Some large Chinese companies, on the other hand, can provide sufficient room for people's career development," Chen added.

"Chinese enterprises have developed very fast and improved effectively over the past years in terms of the management level, working environment, compensation packages, as well as the promotion system. They have competitive advantages over their foreign counterparts in recruiting staff," said a 33- year-old man, surnamed Wang, who declined to give his full name.

Wang currently works as a department manager in a US technology company but he hopes he can move to a Chinese company, especially a State-owned company.

"State-owned enterprises have improved their market performance and have comprehensive competitiveness. That means there may be more opportunities for self-development," Wang said.

State-owned enterprises overtook foreign and private enterprises as the top destination for job-seeking graduates in 2010, according to a survey of 200,000 students conducted by ChinaHR.com. Eight of the top 10 companies named in the survey are State-owned.

Chinese companies are more popular among students born between 1980 and 1990, majoring in science and engineering, according to a survey by Aon Hewitt, a global human capital consulting company.

Aon Hewitt polled graduates over the past two years and found that China Mobile, Alibaba and Haier have overtaken Google and P&G to become the most popular employers among graduates.

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Permalink 12:42:16 am, by dacare, 331 words, 890 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker, HR News Express

Employment rate for Chinese college graduates improving: survey

BEIJING, June 9 (Xinhua) -- More Chinese college graduates are finding jobs, with the employment rate back to the pre-crisis level and a significant rise in salaries, a latest survey shows.

The employment rate of college graduates has risen over the last two years to 89.6 percent in 2010, about 2 percentage points higher than that in 2007, according to a survey by education research company MyCOS Institute released Thursday.

Some 227,000 college graduates were interviewed for the survey six months after they graduated last year.

In breakdown, 91.2 percent of the university graduates and 88.1 percent of the graduates from junior colleges and higher vocational schools found jobs within six months of graduation, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, college graduates' average monthly starting salary was 2,479 yuan (381.4 U.S.dollars) in 2010, 349 yuan higher than the starting salary of those who graduated in 2009, MyCOS said, attributing the rise to rising demand for skilled workers.

The survey also covered some 109,500 employees who graduated from college in 2007. Their average monthly income had reached 4,388 yuan, more than double what they earned three years ago when first interviewed by MyCOS.

China's eastern and costal regions were still the most attractive places to work for college graduates, with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as the most appealing cities, according to the survey.

But among those who graduated in 2007, more than 20 percent of them had left the three cities within three years of graduation, it said.

About 60 percent of the interviewees who graduated last year thought their jobs did not match their expectations.

Some 36 percent of these graduates regarded their positions as "inconsistent" with their career plan, while 22 percent of them said the work failed to match their interests.

Jobs not matching career plans was a salient reason why 34 percent of these graduates left their positions within six months of graduation, said MyCOS.

More graduates are starting their own businesses after graduation, with 1.5 percent of graduates becoming self-employed in 2010. Most of the graduates' start-up funding came from parents, relatives, friends and personal savings, according to the survey.

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05/15/11

Permalink 08:56:20 pm, by dacare, 2059 words, 5745 views   English (US)
Categories: HR News Express

51job's CEO Discusses Q1 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

51job, Inc. (JOBS) Q1 2011 Earnings Call May 5, 2011 9:00 pm ET

Operator

Good morning and good evening ladies and gentlemen thank you for holding. Welcome to the 51job, Incorporated first quarter 2011 conference call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the presentation there will be an opportunity to ask questions (Operator Instructions). I will now hand the conference over to Ms. Linda Chien, Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations. Thank you, Madam. Please go ahead.

Linda Chien

Thank you all for attending this teleconference to discuss un-audited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. With me for today?s call are Rick Yan, Chief Executive Officer and Kathleen Chien, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Financial Officer. A press release containing first quarter 2011 results was issued earlier today and a copy may be obtained through our website at ir.51job.com.

Before we begin, I would like to remind you that during this call, statements regarding targets for the second quarter of 2011, future business and operating results constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

These statements are based upon management?s current expectation and actual results could differ materially. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ are the number of recruitment advertisements placed, sales orders received and customer contracts executed during the remaining weeks of the second quarter of 2011, any accounting adjustments that may occur during the quarterly close; fluctuations in the value of the Renminbi against the U.S. dollar and other currency; behavioral and operational changes of customers in meeting their human resource needs as they respond to evolving social, economic and political changes in China as well as stock market volatilities; introduction by competitors of new or enhanced products or services; price competition in the market for the various human resource services that the company provides in China; acceptance of new products and services developed or introduced by the company outside of the human resources industry and fluctuations in general economic conditions.

For additional information on these and other factors that may affect the company?s financial results, please refer to the risk factor section of the company?s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 51job undertakes no obligation to update targets prior to announcing final results for the second quarter of 2011 or as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Now I?ll turn the call over to Rick.

Rick Yan

Thank you, Linda. And welcome to today?s call. I will begin with highlights of the first quarter, followed by Kathleen with her detailed review of our financial results. I will then discuss current market conditions and recent developments. Finally, we?ll open the call to your questions.

Results for the first quarter came in ahead of guidance as the positive economic climate and robust hiring activity in China throughout demand for our services. We reported total revenues of RMB 325 million or approximately $50 million, an increase of 28% over the first quarter of 2010. We saw solid revenue growth in each business area. The momentum of our online services business remained strong with online revenues increasing 57% year over year.

We have employers across all geographies utilizing our established sales office network to further penetrate existing markets and our Wuhan call center to serve employers in new cities. This two pronged approach has enabled us to acquire new customers more effectively and efficiently than ever. Our print advertising business also performed well in the first quarter. Although, we have discontinued publications in six cities since the beginning of 2010 through the first quarter of 2011; print revenues were better than expected and decreased by 6% due to the exceptionally strong seasonal demand in the post Chinese New Year period.

In our other HR services business we make steady progress in continuing to gain customer attraction. Revenues for the other HR services increased 25% led by growth in outsourcing and training services. While we are very pleased with our top line the greater accomplishment of the first quarter was the meaningful margin expansion that resulted from the revenue of the performance. The record margin efforts highlight the powerful economies of scale and scope we have built into our service model.

Through unrelenting operational discipline and a consistent focus on efficiency improvement which drove gross margin to 70% and operating margin to 35% despite absorbing higher employee compensation expenses and investing in product development and technology innovation. Since our inception 13 years ago we have not wavered from our guiding management principle to realize sustainable profitable growth for our shareholders. We believe this first quarter financial results reflect our continued progress towards this goal.

I would now turn over the call to Kathleen for more detailed financial review.

Kathleen Chien

Thank you, Rick. Revenues for the first quarter totaled RMB325 million, a 28% increase compared to the same quarter in 2010. Our online revenues for the first quarter were RMB173 million, an increase of 57% compared to the same quarter in 2010. The number of unique employers using our online services increased 38% year over year to nearly 155,000 companies in the first quarter due to the strong market demand and our customer acquisition efforts. We also saw a 14% increase in the average revenue per online customer compared to the year ago quarter as employers faced greater competition for talent and thus purchase more services to meet their recruitment targets.

Print advertising revenues decreased 6% to RMB86 million compared with RMB92 million in the first quarter of 2010. The decline was primarily due to the discontinuation of print operations in certain cities over the past year as well as the resulting decrease in page volume. Print advertising pages in the first quarter of 2011 decreased 28% to approximately 2200 pages compared with about 3100 pages in the prior year?s quarter. However, the page volume decrease was largely offset by the higher revenue per page assisted by the strong seasonal demand or average revenue per page increased 31% due to greater contribution from the higher priced cities as well as an increase in print advertising rates in a few cities in the first quarter of 2011.

In line with the historical trends we expect print revenues in the second quarter to decline in both absolute terms and as a percentage of total revenues. We have also terminated the publication in the city of Kunming in April. This reduces the number of cities in which we operate print operations to 15. Our HR services revenues grew 25% to RMB65 million in the first quarter of 2011. We achieved solid growth in our outsourcing and training businesses due to the greater customer acceptance and demand.

Gross profit increased 39% year over year to RMB215 million and gross margin increased to 70% from 64% in the first quarter of 2010. The margin expansion was primarily due to the process improvements and our operating efficiency. Included in cost of services in the first quarter was share based compensation expense of RMB1 million, though the marketing expenses increased approximately 26% year over year to RMB71 million in the first quarter of 2011 mainly as a result of higher employee wages, commissions and bonuses. Included in sales and marketing expenses were share based compensation expenses of approximately RMB0.8 million in the first quarter.

For the second quarter we will be stepping up advertising and brand building activities but we expect sales and marketing expenses to be within the historical range of 25% to 30% of net revenues. G&A expenses for the first quarter were RMB37 million down slightly from the year ago quarter. Share based compensation expense included in G&A in the first quarter was RMB4.3 million, operating income for the first quarter of 2011 increased 77% to RMB 107 million compared with RMB61 million in the same quarter in 2010.

Our operating margin expanded to 35% compared with 25% in the first quarter of 2010. Net income for the first quarter increased 82% to RMB92 million compared with RMB50 million in the same quarter of 2010. Fully diluted earnings were RMB1.55 per common share which is equivalent to $0.47 per ADS. Excluding share based compensation expense, foreign currency translation loss and their related tax impacts our non-GAAP adjusted net income increased 78% year over year to RMB101 million in the first quarter. Non-GAAP adjusted fully diluted earnings per common share were RMB1.71 or $0.52 per ADS.

In late April, we issued stock options to employees and directors at their market value. As a result we expect that share based compensation expense will increase from RMB6 million in the first quarter to approximately RMB10 million in the second quarter. Looking at our balance sheet, our cash and short-term investments increased to RMB1.7 billion or approximately $265 million. Short-term investment consists of certificate of deposit with original maturities from three months to one year. Now I will turn the call back over to Rick.

Rick Yan

Thank you, Chien. Our observations of hiring trends and employer behavior that?s just slightly in 2011 continue to indicate robust market demand. We saw a strong uptick in job listings across the board in a post Chinese New Year period, picking at more than 2 million active job positions. The competition for managerial talent and experienced workers in particular has also become increasingly fierce among employers driving wages increased and greater spending on recruitment services. Amid a backdrop of these favorable market conditions we roll out a new rate card online services which went into effect on April 1. In addition to the introduction of new services and packages we instituted a number of price adjustments which very widely depending on product and city.

As existing customers already under contract will not be subject to these new prices until renewal, the impact of the new rate card would be limited in the second quarter. The length of our online services contracts typically ranges from one month to one year. Therefore, we expect to gradually realize mid-to-high single digit increase in average revenue per customer from the new pricelist through 2011.

While we are taking opportunity to capture some pricing upside we are staying aggressively in our customer acquisition and geographical expansion efforts. In late April, we launched seven new channels to our website adding 13 cities serviced by our Wuhan call center. We now provide dedicated sales coverage and support for our online products to employers in 56 cities. We will further increase our national footprint this year.

Recently, there have been media reports regarding new and potential entrance into the online recruitment space in China. However, to-date the competitive landscape feels generally unchanged to us as we maintain and establish a widely acknowledged market leadership position, to reach knowledge and relationships we have into hundreds of thousands of HR departments is unparalleled. We have leveraged these assets into becoming a trusted partner to corporations across all the human resources needs, not just providing them with an advertising platform.

We know how to compete, we know how to execute and we know how to monetize. With ample financial resources backed by strong balance sheet in our highly experienced call management team, we are confident that we can continue to win. Now turning to our guidance, based on current market and operating conditions, our total revenue target for the second quarter of 2011 is in estimated range of RMB325million to RMB335 million which will be a 26% year-over-year increase at the midpoint. Our estimated non-GAAP fully diluted EPS target is between RMB1.6 to RMB1.7 per common share.

Please note that, if non-GAAP EPS range does not include share based compensation expense, foreign currency translation loss know their related tax impact. As Kathleen mentioned earlier, our share based compensation expense is expected to increase to approximately RMB10 million in the second quarter. This guidance reflects our current forecast which is subject to change. In addition, seasonality in our businesses, we remind you that sequential quarterly comparisons can be misleading, and we believe year-over-year comparisons are more applicable for measuring our financial performance.

Our priorities going forward are crystal clear. We are focused on growing our customer base, increasing revenue opportunities, investing in new product development and delivering solid returns to our shareholders. We believe the stock we have had in 2011 provide further confirmation that we are executing the right strategic plan to develop the most powerful brand in human resources services in China.

That concludes our presentation, we will be happy to take your questions at this stage. Operator?

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04/30/11

Permalink 05:49:47 pm, by dacare, 141 words, 925 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker

Total number of foreigners in mainland China: 593,832

"A total of 593,832 foreigners were living on the Chinese mainland at the end of 2010, data from the sixth national census reveals. The top three home countries of the foreigners were South Korea, the United States and Japan. Among the foreigners living on the mainland, 56.62 percent or 336,245 were males and 43.38 percent or 257,587 were females. Foreigners on the mainland were surveyed for the first time in the census. A total of 234,829 Hong Kong residents and 21,201 Macau residents were living on the mainland in November, the census results showed. Among those Hong Hong residents living on the mainland, 141,321or 60.18 percent were males. Males accounted for 55.22 percent, or 11,708, of the total number of Macau residents living on the Chinese mainland, the census found. And a total of 170,283 Taiwan residents were living on the mainland in November. Of them, 116,547 people or 68.4 percent were males." [Shanghai Daily]

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04/14/11

Permalink 07:57:52 pm, by dacare, 1175 words, 1215 views   English (US)
Categories: Banking & Financial Services

International banks face 'pay up or lose talent' war in China

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG: International banks in China find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place as the battle for top-tier talent on the mainland leaves them facing a stark choice: either pay exorbitant salaries and benefits or lose their best people to competitors at a head-spinning rate.

China last year overtook Japan as the world's second-biggest economy and the country is positioning itself for a record fundraising boom to fuel its next stage of growth.

The financial market has experienced explosive growth in the past two decades. China now has more than 2,000 listed companies and the world's second-biggest stock market capitalisation, according to Thomson Reuters data. But the pool of financial talent has not expanded as fast, industry players say.

Heady expansion by JP Morgan , UBS and others has aggravated the problem.

JP Morgan aims to have "several thousand bankers eventually" in Asia, Gaby Abdelnour, JP Morgan Asia Pacific CEO, told Reuters Insider this week.

Talent management will be the biggest challenge for the next five years, Abdelnour said. "Guess what? We will be hiring and we will be losing people along the way because everybody else is hiring."

Competition for qualified candidates has driven up wages so much that the gap between salaries of mainland financial executives and their peers in other more advanced financial hubs such as Hong Kong and Singapore, are fast narrowing.

Salaries have increased on average by 20 percent this year for candidates taking new jobs within the financial services industry in China, according to the British recruitment group, Hays Plc .

Newly hired analysts in China are being offered 180,000-240,000 yuan per year while senior-level executives can expect offers of up to 1 million yuan ($153,060) a year. Bonuses for the lower-tier employees range from 15 to 25 percent of the base salary while senior executives are normally tied to performance targets, according to headhunters.

"Companies that are not giving competitive pay rises have to face serious turnover issues," said Emma Charnock, Hays' regional director for Hong Kong and China.

Hays recently helped a Beijing-based investment bank client secure a new hire from Hong Kong to fill a mainland financial controller's job after the client agreed to pay 40 percent more than what the candidate was getting in Hong Kong, Charnock said.

"There's a lot at stake. If they can't find the right candidates, their expansion plans could be inhibited. It will have a direct knock-on effect to their expansion in China," said Charnock, referring to international banks in China in general.

Another foreign company took the trouble to outline its growth plan in China over the next three to five years and promised a clear career plan for its financial controller candidate before the candidate signed on, she said.

FAST GROWTH CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets estimates fundraising on China's two stock exchanges will reach 700 billion yuan ($107.1 billion) a year, pushing the A-share market cap to 17 trillion yuan by 2015 and making it possibly the largest market in the world.

Shanghai, which aspires to become an international financial centre by 2020, is preparing an international board on the Shanghai Stock Exchange to allow foreign companies to list on the mainland.

China has also slowly opened its capital accounts and encouraged more cross-border financial products because it wants to raise the global profile of the yuan .

Global banks, salivating at the growth potential, are tapping overseas Chinese, popularly known in China as "returnees," from Asia to Europe and the United States to deal with the small local talent pool.

"There are not many people who fully understand China, fully understand finance and fully understand international practice. So if you use those three priorities, the talent pool is not that big," said David Li, chairman and country head for China at UBS.

The huge growth potential attracted Sun Wei, 25, after she finished her master's degree in accounting and finance at an Australian college last year.

"China's economy is growing very fast. The upside potential is huge," said Sun, now working at a big-four accounting firm in Shanghai. "I have more opportunities here than abroad," she said.

Another banker, Cheng Bing, joined BNY Mellon in March to lead its new trading floor in Shanghai after the U.S. bank was awarded a license to conduct local-currency business in China. He had been a senior executive at DBS Shanghai .

He said that it is not a challenge to find junior traders in China, where trading instruments are relatively basic and fundamental in nature, but it is a challenge to source senior talent.

"Finding senior-level talent with international expertise and local understanding is a challenge for many foreign banks," Cheng said. "In China, policies change a lot and you need to adapt to that."

Cheng also said a higher salary was not the main driver of his move, but the prospect of a better career.

INNOVATIVE CAREER PATH For overseas financial professionals who already have a solid career, however, any decision to relocate to China is not so straightforward.

It often means moving from a stable, sophisticated and exotic market to one that is less certain, primitive and one-dimensional, said a recruitment specialist and a Hong Kong-based banker.

"A private banker, for example, would be unhappy to move from an advanced platform to a basic platform, even if you offer him or her a larger geographical split," said Richie Holliday, a recruitment consultant with Morgan McKinley , a European headhunting company that recently set up a new office in Shanghai.

China's foreign exchange controls, regulations and an underdeveloped derivatives market limit the range of products private bankers can offer their clients, industry players say.

Uncertainties surrounding the country's regulatory environment and the slow progress of its capital market liberalisation have also discouraged many potential recruits.

"There are still a lot of restrictions and uncertainties in China's capital markets. You are not sure what your business will be like in one or two years," said Alexandre Werno, China business development director of global markets at Societe Generale in Hong Kong.

"If you are a trader and you are based in mainland China, you face a single market which is not very developed," Werno said.

The fact that foreigners will be subject to higher personal income tax rates does not help either. The 45 percent maximum tax rate for foreigners in Shanghai, for example, is significantly higher than the 17 percent rate in Hong Kong and the 20 percent rate in Singapore.

Desperate to attract and retain new talent, international financial institutions in China are embracing more creative and flexible talent management practices and a fast-track to top jobs.

Morgan Stanley's recent decision to promote its top China banker, Wei Christianson, to be joint-chief for its Asian business is seen as a classic example of how China's growing importance has raised the status of Chinese bankers.

"Some banks still consider Beijing as a hardship posting so they have to think around the box," said Charnock of Hays.

"Usually it's an innovative career path. We have seen candidates take up much more senior roles than they would do in some other financial hubs to attract them back," she said.

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Categories: Manufacturing & Industry

Ford Motor to Double China Workforce by 2015 in Expansion Drive

Ford Motor Co. (F) will hire 1,200 new employees in China by 2015, doubling its workforce as it seeks market share in the world?s largest auto market.

?In China we?re going to significantly increase our resources here,? Joe Hinrichs, chief of the automaker?s Asia- Pacific and African operations, said today in Shanghai. ?We?re committed to it, we have the capital, we have the products.?

Ford is banking on emerging markets to help it maintain profits after posting $6.56 billion in net income last year, the most since 1999. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company expects 70 percent of its growth in the next 10 years to come from the Asia-Pacific region and Africa, it said in September.

The automaker introduced its Mondeo sedan in China last month and also sells Focus compact cars and Fiesta subcompacts in the world?s second-largest economy. Its deliveries in China surged 40 percent to a record 582,467 vehicles last year as rising incomes and economic growth spurred auto demand. Sales rose 20 percent last month, the company said April 7.

The hiring in China -- in departments including engineering, manufacturing and marketing sales -- adds to the more than 7,000 workers Ford plans to employ in the next two years in North America.

Ford is building a new vehicle plant with its China joint venture Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co. in Chongqing and has plans for a new engine plant in the southwestern city.

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04/02/11

Permalink 11:06:58 am, by dacare, 90 words, 1021 views   English (US)
Categories: HR News Express

Another Chinese LinkedIn? - Oak Pacific, Zhaopin Launch Professional SNS

Jingwei.com, an SNS aimed at business professionals created by Beijing-based holding company Oak Pacific Interactive and Chinese online recruitment site Zhaopin, officially launched today.

In closed beta since earlier this month, registration on Jingwei is now open to the public; adding "friends" on the new site requires an "introduction" from a mutual acquaintance of both parties.

Jingwei spokesperson Shu Wei said the site will host "Company Day" events beginning in April, allowing employees from global Fortune 500 and well-known domestic firms to 'mingle' on companies' designated pages on the site.

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Permalink 11:04:10 am, by dacare, 150 words, 767 views   English (US)
Categories: Manufacturing & Industry

Geely's Volvo says to hire 1,200 new staff

STOCKHOLM: Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely, said on Tuesday it planned to hire 1,200 new employees in Sweden and Belgium as it invests to meet new global demand.

Volvo Chief Executive Stefan Jacoby said the carmaker expected to sell "significantly more cars in 2011" compared with the previous year and that it had seen good demand in the past month in the United States, Europe and also China.

Demand in Japan also remained surprisingly strong, he said. "We are investing in our future. There is no free ticket for a bright future," Jacoby said, adding that the firm was also investing in capacity at its plants.

The carmaker has said it plans to invest up to $11 billion in new product development and facilities over the next 5 years.

Geely, parent of Geely Automobile Holdings, took over Ford Motor's Volvo car unit in August 2010, in China's largest acquisition of a foreign car maker.

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03/17/11

Permalink 03:14:52 pm, by dacare, 770 words, 543 views   English (US)
Categories: Comp, Salary & Benefit, HR News Express

China?s HR Market: How Much Are Your Employees Worth?

Mar. 16 ? While 10 years ago, China?s low-cost labor force was one of the major drivers pushing foreign manufacturers to choose the emerging nation as their production base, nowadays China?s human resource (HR) market is witnessing significant changes alongside its developing industrial landscape. But while it is widely recognized that hiring is becoming more expensive across the country ? especially in some industries and in major coastal cities like Shanghai - it should also be noted that the overall HR market is becoming more mature for employers.

More expensive hiring

According to the latest statistics released by Robert Walters in its 2011 China Salary Survey, recruitment activity increased in the first half of 2010 and peaked between April and June as the Chinese economy quickly recovered from the Global Financial Crisis amid strong market conditions. The survey predicts that in 2011, salary rises are likely to be around 10 percent across various industries, while top-tier candidates may command approximate 15 percent to 30 percent increases in their compensation.

The size of a company?s hiring budget is closely related to China?s policy alterations and economic development focus. Furthermore, a strong demand for information technology (IT) advancement, encouragement in merger and acquisition (M&A) activities, prosperity in consumer markets, and China?s attempts to further open up its financial sector mean that businesses in the fields of financial services, accounting, IT, sales and marketing may need to prepare bigger paychecks for their employees.

Shanghai: an increasingly mature HR market

Zhang Sheng, the Commerce Finance Division manager of Robert Walters, describes Shanghai as the third most mature hiring market in Asia among commerce-centered cities, following Hong Kong and Singapore. As Shanghai gains growing global presence and is ready to accommodate headquarters of international businesses, employers will be impressed to find out there is a significant number of candidates available with both local and international experience that make them completely qualified as being ?decision makers? instead of ?command followers.?

Professionals with local experience in the Shanghai market are of much value for employers who look to set up their business in Shanghai, since many of them have grown and learned with China?s rapid development and reforms in the past decade. The distinct development stages China has gone through in such a short period has enabled them to master a much wider span of business knowledge than those working in a country with relatively stable development.

The Shanghai HR market?s maturity also resides in its mounting diversity and comprehensiveness.

?You can find professionals at all levels to meet your demands in the city,? Zhang emphasized.

The overall national infrastructure development has not only made it easier for companies that want to take advantage of the lower cost in China?s inland cities to relocate their manufacturing bases and build up a national supply chain, but it also makes it more possible for those employers to hire people who are willing to relocate. The changing attitude to relocation means a senior manager can stay with a company longer, have a better understanding of the company?s periodical strategies, and thus become more qualified for participating in long-term decision-making.

The staff loyalty mystery

While loyalty is supposed to be highly valued in the Chinese culture, staff loyalty is becoming more and more of a mystery for many employers. On one hand, with a massive HR supply, the competition in China?s job market is fierce; on the other hand, companies still often find it difficult to maintain a comparatively stable staff since many employees hop from one job to another frequently for better opportunities or pay.

Zhang believes that low staff loyalty has something to do with China?s growth pattern. The country?s fast shifts in development focus has led to professional shortages in some fields. For example, While China?s M&A market just started booming two years ago, the supply of professional accountants that can help complete compliance processes failed to meet the surging demand, because it definitely takes longer than two years for an accountant to grow mature and competent enough for those positions. The imbalanced supply-demand relationship resulted in companies bidding for the limited amount of professionals, and finally facilitated the phenomenon of ?job changers.?

In order to maintain valuable employees, companies may need to take a closer look at China?s policy trends to receive a better understanding of when is the best time to offer employees more incentives. A universal 30 percent post-financial crisis salary increase in many companies that cut redundancy during the crisis is a good example showing how those employers perceive the ever-changing HR market conditions during different periods.

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03/10/11

Permalink 08:58:18 pm, by dacare, 581 words, 569 views   English (US)
Categories: Comp, Salary & Benefit, HR News Express

China spending big for skilled labor, recruiters say

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) ? Headhunters recruiting in China say they?ve rarely seen busier times.

Domestic and multinational companies seeking to bolster staff as part of bold expansion plans in the Chinese market have sparked frenzied bidding to attract qualified personnel across a broad ranges of industries, recruitment experts say.

Candidates with the right level of education and skills are typically seeing inducement offers that include salary increases of 40% to 50%, in addition to enhanced responsibility.

?I think China is the hardest place right now to secure talent and to retain talent,? said Christine Greybe, president of recruitment firm DHR International in Hong Kong.

She estimates that about 30% of candidates who plan on leaving their companies receive counteroffers which match or even exceed the rival offer, as companies grow wary of the loss of personnel through poaching.

?A lot of attention is going towards finding ways to keep talent, which is very unusual to anything we saw before,? Greybe said.

The hiring drive reflects ambitious plans among multinationals to secure opportunities in China. In some cases, companies are seeking to double or even triple managerial staff within a few years, cramming growth that would normally happen in a 10-year window, experts say.

?There?s been a redoubling of growth imperative of by multinationals trying to head into Asia, because companies are finding it hard to grow in the U.S. and Europe,? said Mike Game, the Hong Kong-based Asia chief executive officer for multinational recruitment company Hudson.
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Mainland Chinese companies are also offering more competitive wages for their senior executives, shrinking what?s been traditionally a gap with compensation packages offered by multinationals.

In some cases, Chinese companies are now paying salaries and packages that meet or beat those offered by Western companies, says Greybe, adding executives in technology companies ? such as Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. /quotes/comstock/22h!e:700 (HK:700 218.20, -6.00, -2.68%) /quotes/comstock/11i!tctzf (TCTZF 28.94, +0.09, +0.31%) ? look more to stock options and other forms of compensation outside of salaries.
The place to be

?China is the place people want to be. They are not interested in a job in the U.S. in the way they may have been two or three years ago,? Greybe said, referring to China-born professionals.

Chinese companies accounted for 54 of those in the Fortune 500 list in 2010, up from 35 in 2008.

Greybe said that some clients take the view that careers spent at home could pay bigger dividends, given China?s rising status in the global economy.

In fact, leading Chinese firms are now more sought after than multinationals among mainland engineering graduates born between 1980 and 1990, according data compiled by recruitment company AonHewitt.

The jobs squeeze is also spilling over to service-center hubs outside mainland China, including Hong Kong and Singapore.

Lawyers with the right educational profile and job experience can expect to receive a half dozen offers within a few weeks, said Denvy Lo, a senior consultant with legal recruitment specialists Laurence Simons.

It?s fairly standard to expect pay rises of 30% to 40% when jumping firms, she said, adding that the frenzied recruiting conditions are reminiscent of the boom times of 2007.

?They will look around to see who can offer them the most and the best package,? Lo said.

Among those most in demand are China-born candidates who completed law degrees in the U.S. and have a few years? experience with multinational companies in Asia, Lo said.

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Permalink 08:56:46 pm, by dacare, 565 words, 599 views   English (US)
Categories: HR News Express

China Employment Outlook: Boom or Bust?

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey results for China were just released, with the data coming in a little worse than the previous two quarters, but strong compared to recent years. Net hiring intentions fell to 29% from 38% in Q1 this year, and a high of 51% in Q4 last year.

Chinese employers forecast an active labor market in Quarter 2 2011. While 34% of employers expect to increase staffing levels, 5% predict a decrease and 53% anticipate no change. The resulting Net Employment Outlook stands at +29%.

In short, though, the results are actually quite positive. Looking at the chart below, China is actually in the midst of a hiring boom. Compared to Q2 2010, much of its recent history hiring intentions for the second quarter of 2011 are still pretty strong. It's no wonder, then, that you hear stories about rising wages in China, or labor shortages. And it's this surge in employment that is creating an interesting set of threats and opportunities for the Chinese economy.

Looking at it on a sector-by-sector basis, the clear leader is Manufacturing, with a net 31% of firms looking to increase staff. The manufacturing sector also saw the smallest decrease compared to Q1 (down by only a couple of percentage points). Another strong sector is Finance, Insurance & Real Estate -- which is interesting with the backdrop of a booming property market -- with 10 million units of social housing set to be built this year.

Another strong sector is Services, with a net 28% of firms planning to hire; also interesting from an economic rebalancing angle. In other words, it is interesting to see sectors like Services, Wholesale & Retail Trade, and Finance doing well, as growth in these sectors will help China rebalance its economy to being domestic demand-led, rather than export-oriented.

So what is the overall synopsis? In terms of employment outlook, the answer is still "boom." Net hiring intentions show firms still need to hire more workers, which can be driven by a number of things, but is usually motivated by growth of the business and a need to increase capacity. It's this lack of spare capacity that is also contributing to higher inflation. Indeed, a key driver of inflation in China this year will not just be commodities, but also rising wage inflation.

This creates an interesting dilemma for the Chinese government: On the one hand it needs to stave off high levels of inflation to avoid instability and maintain a sustainable rate of growth; on the other hand, rising wages may also be a key catalyst in helping rebalance the Chinese economy and growing domestic demand, instead of relying on a low-cost export-oriented model. And of course there is the tension of reducing inflation, but without stalling the economy.

In short, the survey results suggest that the Chinese economy is still going strong, and is likely to continue to grow at a strong pace this year as domestic demand rises and government spending continues (the government plans to run a deficit this year). However, the inflation risks are highlighted and accentuated by this data point.

So it remains to be seen how the inflation battle unfolds. But as long as the fundamentals remain intact, it's almost a certainty that buying opportunities will be present, especially if valuations overshoot in reaction to monetary policy tightening.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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02/25/11

Permalink 09:27:16 pm, by dacare, 619 words, 528 views   English (US)
Categories: HR News Express

LinkedIn Blocked In China, Then Unblocked

LinkedIn became accessible again inside China early Friday evening after the business networking site had been blocked Thursday ? was this a technical glitch, or is this part of an ongoing adjustment to the Great Firewall? Chinese authorities never explicitly verify intentional maneuvers individually, but they have been intensely vigilant of Web 2.0 services since their inception, and every other foreign social media site that leads its market is already blocked, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Foursquare.

What would be the reason to block LinkedIn? The Great Firewall has never issued a press release, but the answer is usually obvious. What may do in LinkedIn (if the block rematerializes) is the ?Jasmine Revolution,? which so far has been not a protest movement but an occasion to display the reach of China?s security apparatus and the limits placed on China?s Internet. Self-described organizers say the attempts to protest will continue with weekly Sunday strolls in cities around China.

If LinkedIn has committed a Web 2.0 crime in China?s eyes, there are a couple possibilities: the most likely issue, given Beijing?s desire to quash organizing of any form, is that there have been attempts by Jasmine organizers to reach out to others over LinkedIn, thus spreading the word via LinkedIn invitations; another issue, raised by Techrice, is the built-in ability to post to Twitter via LinkedIn, getting around the Great Firewall without the need for circumvention tools. As Techrice notes, ?being the easiest way to tweet is a lousy government relations strategy in China.?

Sensitive events are almost always the catalyst for these blocks, and though initial blocks are often temporary (as was the case with Facebook and Twitter in the past), once you are on China?s ?do not connect? list, it is hard to get off. Youtube has been blocked since the Tibet riots of March 2008; Facebook and Twitter were each blocked permanently after the Xinjiang riots of July 2009; and location-based service Foursquare has been blocked since users tried to ?check in? en masse to Tiananmen Square last year on the June 4 anniversary of the 1989 massacre of protestors.

Chinese clones of these services naturally benefit from each of these Great Firewall ?upgrades.? Youku.com, the leading online video site, IPO?d in December and is valued on the New York Stock Exchange at $3.8 billion. Renren, the leading Facebook of China with 160 million users, is expected soon to raise $500 million in a U.S. IPO. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg is clearly trying to get Facebook back into China, perhaps through a joint venture with a trusted Chinese company like Baidu.

Sina Corp.?s Weibo, the dominant Chinese Twitter-like service, launched in August 2009, a month after Twitter was blocked, and is likely approaching 100 million users. Analysts disagree widely on Weibo?s value, in part due to worries about whether Beijing would shut down or severely curtail the service, but guesses range from as low as $1.5 billion to as high as $3 billion. And there is no shortage of Chinese versions of Foursquare ? including Dianping, Jiepang and a check-in service on Renren ? but you can bet none of them will be allowing users to ?check in? to the Jasmine Revolution, much less Tiananmen Square on June 4 every year.

Who will gain if LinkedIn does get blocked? (LinkedIn, as Techrice noted, did not have a Chinese-language interface, was not a huge player in the China market to begin with, and should not feel ill effects if it ends up being blocked as it looks toward an IPO). No company has yet to become ?the LinkedIn of China,? but one widely cited contender is ushi.cn. One more candidate to watch for, reports Techrice, is Jingwei, a sister company of Renren that is in beta-testing.

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Permalink 09:21:59 pm, by dacare, 194 words, 554 views   English (US)
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SEEK profit up 31% as China Zhaopin swings to profit

SEEK Limited (ASX:SEK) grew its 1H profit 31% to $36.6 million, as a result of strong domestic growth and its Chinese venture Zhaopin swinging to profitability.

The company, which operates the employment website SEEK.com.au, reported a 22% year-on-year increase in revenue to $130.3 million. Ebitda grew 12% to $55.8 million.

The company's employment business in Australia and New Zealand recorded revenue of $106.8 million and ebitda of $62.8 million, up 36% and 55% respectively.

SEEK's outgoing joint CEO, Paul Bassat said the results reflect the ongoing migration of employment advertising from print to online. ?As employment markets have improved, growth in online job ads has significantly outpaced growth in print job ads,? he said.

He pointed to ANZ research which shows that online currently captures some 82% of all job ads.

SEEK's Zhaopin joint venture, in which it owns a 56.1% stake, moved to profitability during the period, achieving a positive ebitda in each month.

But its SEEK Education businesses ? SEEK Learning, THINK and IDP ? had a challenging six months, Bassat said.

SEK shares fell 11.74% during Tuesday's trading to $6.240.

SEEK on Tuesday also announced that Paul Bassat's brother, Andrew Bassat has signed a contract to become the company's sole CEO until at least 2013.

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02/16/11

Permalink 09:37:26 pm, by dacare, 385 words, 548 views   English (US)
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Most companies in China to hike wages in '11: Survey

About three quarters of companies operating in China expect to increase wages by over 5% in 2011, a survey by British recruitment firm showed on Wednesday.

The finding comes amid a boom in China's middle class, a result of the country's economic success, and highlights the high inflationary pressures in the pipeline as well as rising costs faced by many companies.

Most companies in China to hike wages in '11: Survey

Chinese employees "are now in a stronger position than they were previously. They have a much better understanding of their worth in the market place and are aware of their bargaining power," said Nigel Heap, managing director of Hays Asia Pacific.

The annual salary survey of more than 5,000 employers based in Shanghai and Beijing showed more than half expect to increase salaries between 6-10% over the next 12 months while a third intend to hike them by more than 10%.

Wage inflation is being propelled by fast economic growth in smaller or so-called tier-two cities, which has given hundreds of millions of migrant workers the option to return home where the cost of living is cheaper, Heap said.

Labour demand has risen significantly in tier-two cities following massive investments by the government in the past two years to develop inland areas, he said.

Rising wages put pressure on inflation although that is being compensated for by even faster gains in productivity for now. Data showed on Tuesday core inflation, stripped of volatile food prices, jumped to its highest in at least a decade in January.

Still, the Chinese government is encouraging wage hikes as it wants to boost consumer spending and reduce the economy's reliance on exports.

In January, the city of Beijing raised the minimum wage by 21% while Shanghai's mayor has said he plans to raise it by more than 10% this year given the fast pace of development and soaring food prices.

Guangdong province, the mainland's manufacturing hub, will reportedly raise its minimum wage by an average 18.6% from March.

Multinationals operating in China such as Yum Brands Inc have already seen commodity-induced cost inflation eat into their profit margins.

The owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell fast-food chains forecast this month rising 2011 labour and food costs in China and said that modestly raising prices in its top growth market would help mitigate that pressure.

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Pre-Employment Exams in China Banned from Conducting Hepatitis B Tests Read more: Pre-Employment Exams in China Banned from Conducting Hepatitis B Tests http://www.medindia.net/news/Pre-Employment-Exams-in-China-Banned-from-Conducting-Hepatitis-B-Tests-8

To check companies reported violation of rules to require hepatitis B tests for job applicants, the Chinese Government has reiterated a strict ban on the tests during pre-employment physical examinations.

China's Ministry of Health said that no health institutions are allowed to provide hepatitis B checks as part of pre-employment physical tests regardless of whether the examinees provide consent or not.

On Feb. 10, 2010, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly issued a circular demanding the cancellation of the hepatitis B tests during the health checks for school enrollment and employment nationwide, Xinhua reports.

However, according to a survey released this week, which was conducted by the non-profit Beijing Yirenping Center, some 61.1 percent of the 180 state-run companies surveyed included hepatitis B checks in their pre-employment physical examinations.

More surprisingly, 63 companies said that they would never consider hepatitis B carriers for a job or were reluctant to hire such people.

Yu Fangqiang, the principal of the Yirenping Center, said that such violations mainly resulted from light punishment for violations and some health institutions' desire for profits.

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01/20/11

Permalink 09:21:25 pm, by dacare, 708 words, 685 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker

Chinese returnee asks how sweet home is

IN the past weeks, I've joined several Christmas parties in Berlin, but what I am really longing for is coming back to Shanghai and celebrating the Chinese New Year with my parents. I need a short break from my doctoral thesis in Berlin.

I have been asked so many times by both Chinese and German friends about the plan after achieving the doctoral title in Germany, to stay or to return. I have never hesitated to answer - I will go back to Shanghai. Definitely! Home is sweet.

But what if home is not always sweet? I was surprised when my German supervisor at the Humboldt University of Berlin once seriously suggested that I might need two to three years to get readjusted in Shanghai. But how can this be true? I was born and grew up in this metropolis, and everything in Shanghai is familiar to me. I first just regarded this as a joke, but later I asked myself, is the process of readjusting to Shanghai that easy?

Nan M. Sussman, a renowned American professor, focusing on exploring cultural transitions among sojourners, wrote an article, The Dynamic Nature of Cultural Identity Throughout Cultural Transitions: Why Home Is Not So Sweet, in which she analyzed the relationships among self-concept, cultural identity, and cultural transitions.

The well-known U-curve hypothesis vividly depicts the process of acculturation in a new culture as a curve with four-stages (honeymoon, conflict, critical, and recovery). Later, the return into the home culture is suggested as another U-curve and the whole process of cultural transition was described as a W-curve.

Frankly, I did expect the cultural difference before I left Shanghai for Berlin, but it is frustrating to imagine that I even need to prepare for another round of cultural shock to my own culture.

Nevertheless, on second thought, it is logical and reasonable that one should never take the readjustment for granted, as home is never the same home it once was and the person himself is never the one he once was. Everything at home changes, more or less, during one's absences. One cannot step into the same river twice, for fresh water is forever flowing towards him. The better one has adapted to the foreign culture, the more difficulties one will come across when he returns to his own culture.

Pressure to succeed

Then, what I am worrying about in going home? Definitely, it is the high social pressure on and expectations of young people. We are all familiar with the standards of "successful" young professionals in Shanghai, who are expected to have a "white-collar" job, to purchase an apartment of his own (a bonus if it is downtown), to own a car and to be able to afford a "golden-week" holiday abroad (in Europe or in Japan) once a year. I am sure I will be excluded from this "promising" group when I come back to Shanghai.

Clothes and trappings make the man in Shanghai. I always turned off the tone of my old mobile phone, as my old-fashioned one made a monotonous noise when someone called me; people around me on a bus would cast their eyes upon me, wondering how could I, being a young people in such an information era, be that out-dated. I didn't bother to purchase a new one and just switched the ring tones off, to avoid the peculiar eyes.

In Berlin, old-mode mobile phones are sometimes still seen and one doesn't necessarily have to feel ashamed for only owing an old-fashioned one. Believe it or not, the new interior decorations of my friends or former classmates in Shanghai are more luxurious than that of most German families I have visited.

Cultural transition is challenging and demanding. As a sojourner, I both suffered and benefited tremendously from various cultural shocks in Berlin. When I finally get used to the German language, culture and lifestyle in Germany, it is time to return, and I am actually more than happy to return.

But how shall I encourage myself to be brave and determined? Maybe one of the easy alternatives is not bother to think too much, but when in Shanghai as the Shanghainese do?

Home may still be sweet as we thought, who knows?

Author:Zhu Jiani

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Permalink 08:45:38 pm, by dacare, 103 words, 576 views   English (US)
Categories: Candidates, Labor and Worker, Comp, Salary & Benefit

China bonuses outdo Hong Kong, Singapore

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Chinese companies plan to pay out larger discretionary 2010 year-end bonuses, as a percentage of base salary, than companies in Hong Kong or Singapore, according a quarterly survey released Thursday by recruitment firm Hudson. About 20% of China companies surveyed will pay bonuses equivalent to 20% or more of base salary, while only 16% of firms surveyed in Hong Kong, and 15% of Singaporean companies will be as generous. China companies also outpace their counterparts in terms of the percentage planning any sort of bonus packets, with 92% of companies to offer the payouts, compared to 87% in Singapore and 82% in Hong Kong, the report said.

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