Pol­lu­tion af­fect­ing re­cruit­ment of for­eign ta­lent

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s air pol­lu­tion prob­lems are un­der­min­ing gov­ern­ment ef­forts to make the coun­try more at­trac­tive to overseas ta­lent, ac­cord­ing to re­cruit­ment pro­fes­sion­als.

A sur­vey by Spring Pro­fes­sional found that the in­ter­est among top for­eign ta­lent in work­ing in China has risen nearly 150 per­cent over the past five years.

Yet fears over the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate have also in­creased. Fifty-five per­cent of 2,000 for­eign em­ploy­ees that Spring Pro­fes­sional polled last year — who had each lived in the coun­try for at least five years — said they had con­cerns about air qual­ity, up from 23 per­cent in 2012.

Air pol­lu­tion has hurt re­cruit­ment for the past two years, said Ma Er­man, head of overseas re­cruit­ment for lan­guage train­ing com­pany EF English in Shi­ji­azhuang, He­bei prov­ince.

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