Expatriate employees continue to have unique competitiveness especially for certain niches, technical skill sets and some senior management positions, although the competition is becoming fierce as more bilingual and ‘returnee’ Chinese are joining the workforce. Hiring an expatriate in China has becoming common and the demand for foreign talents continues. The reasons are obvious:
China’s is tenaciously working toward becoming the world’s strongest economy in agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors, while consistently focusing on the hi-tech sector. With China ceaselessly advancing in these industries, jobs in design, engineering, finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, and sales are on the rise. Many expats travel to China to fill teaching roles, but end up joining one of China’s many budding and flourishing companies. Below are certain job functions & industries usually offering more opportunities to foreigners. The list can go longer as Mandarin proficiency grows.
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- The salary is good enough to make more money'
- I have more options when planning my career and growth'
- The Oriental culture always attracts me a lot…'
- The colleagues are very friendly, they don't seem to be foreign to me'.
- I feel I am more important here and move on faster.'
There are many reasons why you choose to stay at hometown and work, but there maybe only one good reason is needed for you to make a move to China. You must have done a lot of researches and consulted a lot of people about the job market in China, the policy and the possible career future before you take off for the uncertain journey. We will not drell on these but to give you our thoughts from a different point of view, on how your China journey starts and the way it should continue.
Reasons for Hiring Expatriates
From the HR point of view, hiring skilled and motivated foreign talents is necessary for companies to deal with international matters effectively when branding, selling, investing, acquiring, and incorporating abroad. Recruiting expatriate staff for both stragetic and service oriented positions in a company has increasingly become a key HR strategy.
Statistics shows a good number of companies in China are planning to increase their expatriate recruiting. A employer survey of 'prospects of expatriate staff in the next 12 months' showing more than 54.2% of 'increasing', 37.5% surveyed 'remain constant' while only 8.33% companies will probably 'decrease' the expatriate headcounts.
Meanwhile, the perception of the 'value-adding' of hiring an expatriate has been more focused on the matching of the talent's career background with the actual needs of international projects of companies. In other words, companies in China value the professional skill sets, cross boarder prospective and managerial skills as key motives of hiring an expatriate personnel. Expatriats are counted on to help companies understand targeted overseas market and to swiftly bring in successful business models and experiences.
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