More young workers look to swap jobs

Updated: 2015-09-30 08:26

By Su Zhou(China Daily)

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A recent report shows that only 10.5 percent of white-collar workers entertain no thoughts of job-hopping, drop from 44.5 percent in autumn last year.

Zhaopin, a Chinese human resources website, released its job-hopping report for white-collar workers for the first half of 2015.

The report said the trend seen late last year has become more prominent in the first half of 2015, and more white-collar workers have been turning their thoughts into action.

More than 40 percent of interviewees said they are actively looking for new jobs, while 35.7 percent said they are considering doing so. And 13 percent said they already found a new job.

Besides income and career development, an enterprise's prospects has also become an important factor driving white-collar job-hopping.

The Zhaopin report said the job-hopping rate is higher in large-scale enterprises. The rate of putting thoughts into action is greater than 55 percent in enterprises with more than 500 employees.

Huang Ruoshan, Zhaopin's senior career consultant, said the rapid growth of large-scale enterprises cannot continue with the slowdown of China's economic growth.

"With large enterprises entering their 'winter season', white-collars are seeking better opportunities at other places. That's why the job-hopping rate in large enterprised is higher," he added.

Huang also said other reasons included an enterprise's culture (38 percent), limited chance of promotion (37.8 percent), life-work balance (26.6 percent), commute time (19.4 percent) and personal interests (14.8 percent).

Hu Hao, a 27-year-old white-collar worker in Shanghai, changed his job twice in the past year.

He was an employee at Shanghai Volkswagen after graduation in 2013. Following a trip to Africa, he decided to do something cool.

"I just wanted to change my lifestyle and seek better opportunities outside the automobile industry," Hu said, adding that some of his university classmates quit their jobs in State-owned enterprises to join startup companies.

"The job at Volkswagen was not that bad, just not that cool either," said Hu. "I didn't consider salary much when I started looking for another job."

Huang, of Zhaopin, said with the diversification of career values, more white-collar workers want a healthy lifestyle, with more time to spend with their families and achieve a balance between job and life.

"And it will help build the loyalty of employees if employers notice this trend and encourage their employees to have a healthy lifestyle," Huang said.