Pollution affecting recruitment of foreign talent
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.