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Smog magnifies staffing woes for EU firms – RMG on China Daily

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Attracting and keeping personnel is becoming an increasing problem for European businesses in China

As European small and medium-sized enterprises in China try to find a steady footing on the shifting sands of the country’s economy, one thing that is keeping them off balance is staffing.

Maija Kurte, country manager in China of the Latvian company Linearis Translations, which has been in the country for four years, plans to open another office in southeastern China soon, but says staffing will present a challenge.

“Attracting and keeping talent is very hard,” she says. “Staff turnover is always high, and it is good to have potential replacements on hand, but that is difficult to do.”

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China in its magazine EURObiz, the first issue of which has just been published, says that from many consultations the center has had, it has emerged that the kinds of problems businesses report has changed over time. Regulation, barriers to market access, macroeconomic changes and even smog problems have been high on the list, and problems with human resources and competition have gradually become more prominent.

One of these is the difficulty of attracting highly skilled people to China. Difficulties in obtaining visas, the rising cost of living and severe smog issue are all deterring expatriates from coming to China, the magazine says.

The Business Confidence Survey 2014 issued by the European Union Chamber of Commerce says that attracting and keeping talent was ranked No 3 and regarded as significant by 55 percent of European companies, after the Chinese economic slowdown and rising labor costs. Rising labor costs and a shortage of talent were identified as two main human resources challenges.

The chamber has more than 1,800 members in China, more than 80 percent of them SMEs.

The survey found that the smog issue has been an important reason for the difficulty in attracting talent to China, with 68 percent of companies saying the air quality issue is one of the top three challenges for them.

Another challenge for the companies is attracting talent from within China. The chamber’s magazine says China’s reputation for possessing unlimited, cheap labor is rapidly evaporating. Finding, attracting, training and retaining staff is expected to become even more difficult in the next five years as costs for local labor continue to rise, it says.

Ruben van den Boer, a consultant with the headhunting company RMG Selection, says that in trying to attract new local talent, European SMEs have some clear advantages. First, most Chinese employees prefer the open business culture and international environment that Europe-based companies can provide. Second, Europe-based companies may provide an employee with more career opportunities in the long run, for example international business travel or temporarily working abroad. The ability to practice English or a third language is another benefit European SMEs may offer employees.

However, it seems this bias toward Europe-based companies is evaporating, too. As more Chinese companies expand abroad, the way they do business is becoming more open and international, and similar to that of their Europe-based rivals. Examples include Lenovo, Huawei and Alibaba. For Chinese employees, these international China-based companies have some advantages over Europe-based SMEs.

“For instance, Chinese employees might have better opportunities to fill senior positions compared with in Europe-based companies, where most senior positions, even in China, are often reserved for European citizens,” Boer says.

Read the orginal article: http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2015-04/17/content_20453262.htm

Internet changing shape of the job market – RMG on China Daily


The e-commerce boom in China has generated a need for talent in the first quarter of this year and created more job opportunities for graduates, according to a survey by one of the country’s biggest recruitment websites.

The survey of 16,978 businesses across 61 industries was conducted by 51job.com from September to December. It found that the job market was quite active this year. 82.3 percent companies plan to recruit more employees than the same period of last year.

Employers in e-commerce, computer software and finance showed the biggest need for talent in the job market.

Three-quarters of the surveyed employers said they had job openings for applicants with less than two years’ seniority, a higher figure than ever before in the website’s surveys.

As usual, a recruitment peak followed the end of Spring Festival this year. The labor-intensive manufacturers in the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta used to be the biggest recruiters in previous years. However, the demand for talent in Internet marketing, technology support and creative design for eCommerce has been growing fast since last year, according to Feng Lijuan, chief consultant at 51job.com.

“On one hand, many enterprises have to adapt the way they do business to the tide of e-commerce and want professionals to pursue the new business,” Feng said.

“On the other, small and medium-sized start-ups that provide professional services in advertising, creative design and IT research and development for e-commerce are springing up and have become a major recruiter in the jobs market.”

The retail trade is undergoing an evident transformation of the way of doing business, she said. Big retail chains are shifting their focus from brick-and-mortar business to online sales, closing some of their physical stores.

“From marketing to the display of goods, running an online mall is quite different from running a physical store. The retail chains also need to recruit plenty of man power to build a widespread delivery network and ensure prompt online customer service,” Feng said.

Jenny Chen, a senior HR manager at the China office of a European clothing retailer, said her company will see a year-on-year growth of 15 percent in recruitment in the first quarter of this year.

The clothing retailer has nearly 400 direct-sale stores and more than 300 agencies in China and is going to open more this year, but the year-on-year growth in recruitment for the online business in this year’s first quarter is bigger than that for the offline business.

“We want to build a stable e-commerce team in the coming three years, so we have a lot of job openings for those who can help promote our online shop and launch our business on social media and mobile apps,” Chen said.

As for the start-up bandwagon, it is expected to keep on rolling for another three to five years and bring abundant job opportunities, especially to young people, according to Li Tongjinna, a recruitment consultant in the Internet industry at the Beijing office of RMG Selection, an international human resources and recruitment consultancy.

“Traditional IT enterprises such as IBM and Oracle have been significantly cutting their head counts since the second half of 2013, while start-ups specializing in e-commerce and mobile Internet pour onto the jobs market,” Li said.

“About half of the job openings that I’m seeking employees for are emerging professions such as building online payment platforms and marketing through social media,” she added.

“Young people have an edge in competing for these jobs because they shop online often and know the consumer psychology in e-commerce well,” Li said.

“Besides, they are familiar with social media like WeChat and Weibo.”

Read the original article: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2015-03/31/content_19957671.htm

Career Builder – Beijing Recruiter Views of Different Company Cultures


  1. Does company culture are varies from different countries?
Yes, it does. However there are more similarities than differences says CEO of Beijing recruiter RMG Selection. The essence is that there aren’t so many differences in companies’ background but they are in the backgrounds of the people at work in the companies. The world is flat now.
  1. Can you tell us about the difference between Britain Company and Asia Company? Are there any unique characters in Chinese Company?
  2. What are the behaviors that Britain Companies will like? What are the behaviors that Britain Companies won’t like?
Asian companies seem to be more traditional than Britain companies. And workers in British companies are less diligent and much less hard working compared to those in Asian companies. Moreover, labor load is larger in Asia. Chinese companies have certain unique characters. Unlike Japanese companies, Chinese companies are westernized. The working atmosphere there is equal and liberal.
  1. What are the behaviors that Chinese Companies will like? What are the behaviors that Chinese Companies won’t like?
Actually, Chinese companies are quite similar to Britain Companies. They all appreciate politeness and hard work. However, too much confrontation is not   welcomed. Further, they do not expect workers to challenge the seniors or upper generation.  

Listen to the original radio, please click: http://english.cri.cn/7146/2015/04/30/3262s876646.htm

Career Builder – Wonderful Time to Work in China? Analysis of China Jobs


Recruiter’s Analysis of market for China jobs: The Chinese government has introduced some polices to attract more talent from different cultural backgrounds. Robert Parkinson, the founder and CEO of RMG Selection, gave his advice for expats who wanted to find jobs in China. Here are some key points expats should know about finding China jobs.

(This episode on China jobs is part of a series called “Career Builder” where RMG Selection  is invited to talk topics such as China jobs and many related topics every other Wednesday at 3:20pm China Standard time. Further episiodes can be found at https://www.rmgselection.com/category/radio/ or other topics can be found at https://www.rmgselection.com/news – to register with RMG please go to https://www.rmgselection.com/register)

The Chinese government has introduced some polices to attract more talent from different cultural backgrounds. But how an expat who knows nothing about Chinese job market successfully start his career here? What industries nowadays are in strong demand of expats? And how can China improve the current situation to attract more top talents overseas. Robert gave his advice for expats who want to find jobs in China. Here are some key points expats should know about finding China jobs.

  1. For an expat who are blank-minded about Chinese job market, what is he going to do first if he wants a job here? How are you going to advise him?
  • We have just done a quarterly survey. What we find strongly is that there are tremendous demands for foreigners with experiences in the service industry.
  • Compared to the UK, it is fair to say that in China the general service industry requires a lot of development. And it is probably one of the key areas for advancements.
  • So for a foreigner looking for a job in the Chinese market, if he has experience in the service industry or if he is a service-minded person, then that should be the key thing.
  1. You just suggested that service is the sector. Specifically, what kind of service?
  • The legal service industry, the accounting service industry or simple training business are all included in the service sector.
  • Another finding from the survey is that western ways of doing things are nothing new because nowadays a lot of Chinese are brought up overseas or are educated overseas. Thus naturally they expect higher standards for foreigners.
  • Another interesting thing that the survey brought up is that there is strong demand for foreigners particularly in the scientific area, like bio-technology and healthcare.
  1. Medical degree is so expensive and so hard to get. Also people in this field are desperately needed elsewhere too. Why should China be attractive to them?
  • Hospitals in China, I happen to know, offer a higher salary, about 20% to 30% above what doctors may receive.
  • Also there is a strong demand in certain specialty like cancer or psychiatry.
  1. Top foreign talents still don’t want to come to China. What can we do to improve the situation?
  • Income tax here is less attractive than that in Hong Kong and Singapore. In Beijing, foreigners need to pay welfare, pensions, housing fund…
  • Hong Kong real estate is cheaper than Beijing real estate. It is a really an issue.
  • I suppose it would be better to have cleaner air in China. Smog here is one of main reasons why foreigners choose to leave.
  1. What are the attractions that China has for talents?
  • Countries across the Euro zone are still in a terrific mess. China has more opportunities as an emerging economy.
  1. Do you think people overseas find it difficult to adapt to China?
  • From the business perspective, I’ve learned far more about business in China that I did in the previous years. Chinese are excellent business people.
  • If expats keep liberal mind and be open, you can embrace different cultures and deal with different people.
  • You need spend more years in China to gain in-depth understanding in this country.

Listen to the original radio show:http://english.cri.cn/7146/2015/04/16/3262s874610.htm

People In the Know – China to Further Ease Employment Pressure in 2015


China will create more than 10 million jobs in the urban areas in 2015, and to ensure that registered urban unemployment rate does not exceed 4.5 percent.

That is according to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s government work report.

He also highlighted in the report that popular entrepreneurship and innovation would be the new engines to spur economic growth in the country.

The Chinese government encourages emerging industries and new types of businesses by adding more funds for business development and innovation to the 40-billion-yuan government fund that is already in place.

So will China be able to produce millions more new jobs this year, with the downward pressure on its economy? How can China encourage more business startups, especially by college graduates?

Ni Hao, you’re listening to People In the Know, presenting you with insights into the headlines in China, and around the world, I’m Zheng Chenguang in Beijing.

People in the Know’s Qian Shanming speaks to Professor Yang Yansui, Director of the Career and Social Security Research Center of the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Robert Parkinson, CEO & Founder of RMG Selection, an international recruitment group.

Listen to the radio show on CRI: http://english.cri.cn/7146/2015/03/13/3621s869883.htm