Preferences going to domestic firms
Updated: 2011-06-09 14:17
By Wang Hongyi (China Daily)
Chinese workers now showing less interest in foreign employment
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."
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.
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