Re­port: Shang­hai a hub for those with over­seas ed­u­ca­tion

LinkedIn re­port shows that mod­ern work en­vi­ron­ments and for­ward-think­ing mind­sets have made the city a mag­net for those with global per­spec­tives

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­

Shang­hai is the Chi­nese city that has the high­est ra­tio of em­ploy­ees who have been ed­u­cated abroad, but this has not trans­lated into an ad­van­tage in pro­duc­ing se­nior em­ploy­ees, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased on July 19 by LinkedIn and Shang­hai’s Xuhui dis­trict gov­ern­ment.

The re­port com­piled in­for­ma­tion from more than 430 mil­lion users of LinkedIn, the world’s largest pro­fes­sional net­work with more than 20 mil­lion users in China, and fo­cuses on four key in­dus­tries — ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing, fi­nance, In­ter­net and soft­ware, med­i­cal treat­ment and health­care.

Based on the find­ings, the pro­por­tion of tal­ent in Shang­hai who have stud­ied over­seas is 20.4 per­cent, as com­pared to the na­tional av­er­age of 12 per­cent.

The per­cent­age of such em­ploy­ees across the four in­dus­tries is also the high­est in Shang­hai. More than one in six em­ploy­ees in the ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor have been ed­u­cated over­seas, roughly twice that of the ra­tio in Shen­zhen, an­other hub for ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing in Guang­dong prov­ince.

“Shang­hai, with its open at­ti­tude and mod­ern work­place en­vi­ron­ments, has been an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for many over­seas re­turnees. Their global per­spec­tive and men­tal­ity of com­pe­ti­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in the work­place con­trib­ute to Shang­hai’s quest to be­come a global cen­ter of sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion,” said Yu Zhi­wei, vice-pres­i­dent of

“It may take just three years to be an ex­pert in some in­dus­tries, while in others, it may take two decades. There’s a big dif­fer­ence in defin­ing ‘se­nior tal­ent’ in dif­fer­ent fields,” said Yu.

The re­port showed that the av­er­age num­ber of se­nior per­son­nel across the four in­dus­tries in Shang­hai is sim­i­lar to that in other Chi­nese ci­ties, but it still lags far be­hind those in some for­eign ci­ties.

For ex­am­ple, peo­ple with more than 10 years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence ac­count for up to 22 per­cent of the to­tal em­ploy­ees in the med­i­cal and health­care sec­tors in Shang­hai, close to the 20 per­cent in Bei­jing. Over in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts, the per­cent­age is nearly dou­ble at 42 per­cent.

Yu said that one of the main rea­sons for this rel­a­tively small pool of peo­ple in se­nior roles is that some of the highly ex­pe­ri­enced em­ploy­ees opt to work over­seas. An­other rea­son is that some in­dus­tries are still young in the coun­try.

Shang­hai was also ranked as the most de­vel­oped in terms of work­place en­vi­ron­ment in China. The city has been found to have the most ac­tive pro­fes­sional net­work­ing scene, the largest num­ber of job op­por­tu­ni­ties and the place where em­ploy­ees tend to de­velop the clos­est ties in the work­place, ac­cord­ing to LinkedIn.

“When some­one in Shang­hai quits his or her job, the per­son is likely to be able to find an­other in a rel­a­tively short time via peers in the in­dus­try. How­ever, such in­di­vid­u­als may re­main un­em­ployed for a year if this hap­pens in an­other city,” Yu said.

Wang Yueyang con­trib­uted to this story.

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