A hot au­tumn for China’s job mar­ket

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By LI XUEQING in Shang­hai

lix­ue­qing@chi­nadaily. com.cn

The com­pe­ti­tion for jobs among white col­lar work­ers in China has got­ten fiercer in the third quar­ter of the year, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port on this year’s au­tumn job mar­ket by re­cruit­ment web­site Zhaopin.com.

The re­port is based on the num­ber of job open­ings posted on its web­site and the re­spec­tive num­ber of re­sumes sub­mit­ted. Each job va­cancy re­ceived an av­er­age of 35.4 re­sumes, a sig­nif­i­cant rise com­pared to the 26.1 re­sumes per job in the first quar­ter and 29.3 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The re­port cited the eco­nomic slow­down, for­eign com­pa­nies cut­ting down on per­son­nel and busi­nesses in China, as well as the cool­ing down of in­vest­ments to be the main fac­tors for the heated job com­pe­ti­tion.

The re­sume-per-job rate in Shang­hai has largely re­mained sta­ble in re­cent years, with this year’s be­ing 28.7, said Huang Ru­oshan, se­nior ca­reer con­sul­tant at Zhaopin. com. Jobs in heavy in­dus­tries, me­dia and pub­li­ca­tions have the high­est rates as de­mands are low in th­ese in­dus­tries.

How­ever, the city only ranks 18th in terms of the dif­fi­culty of get­ting a job, down from the 12th place in last au­tumn’s rank­ing as north­east­ern and sec­ond-tier ci­ties have been mov­ing up the list, said Huang.

Shenyang, the cap­i­tal city of the North­east­ern prov­ince of Liaon­ing, topped all Chi­nese ci­ties in job-hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tion with an av­er­age of 57.6. It is fol­lowed by Chengdu and Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince.

The struc­tural trans­for­ma­tion of the econ­omy in North­east China has af­fected job sup­plies in some tra­di­tional in­dus­tries and the high pres­sure of liv­ing in first-tier ci­ties like Bei­jing and Shang­hai has en­cour­aged more peo­ple to search for bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties in sec­ond-tier lo­ca­tions such as Chengdu, Suzhou and Xi’an, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. des­ti­na­tion as they pro­vide bet­ter re­mu­ner­a­tion pack­ages, more flex­i­bil­ity and bet­ter ca­reer de­vel­op­ment prospects.

Based on the Zhaopin. re­port, for­eign com­pa­nies are the sec­ond-most sought af­ter es­tab­lish­ments af­ter state-owned com­pa­nies. Like Zhang, Chi­nese job hun­ters gen­er­ally fa­vor big or­ga­ni­za­tions but Huang has ad­vised them to con­sider work­ing for smaller com­pa­nies in­stead.

“There is this stereo­type that big com­pa­nies of­fer bet­ter ca­reer prospects,” she said. “While small com­pa­nies are not as well known as the big ones, the truth is that they ac­tu­ally of­fer greater and more flex­i­ble space for de­vel­op­ment.”

Huang expects the com­pe­ti­tion for jobs in for­eign com­pa­nies in Shang­hai to re­main bit­ter as their busi­nesses have been af­fected by the global eco­nomic slow­down. Also, she fore­sees that a large num­ber of tal­ents will head to fast­de­vel­op­ing medium and small-sized com­pa­nies, she added.

In the fu­ture, the job mar­ket in Shang­hai will also likely be­gin to see more de­mand for high­end tech­ni­cal tal­ents. Jobs in sec­tors such as the In­ter­net, e-com­merce, fi­nance and trade will also grow as Shang­hai aims to de­velop it­self on three-fronts — sci­ence and in­no­va­tion, high-end manufacturing and as a free trade zone.

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