Hard work to fill tech­ni­cian jobs: Sur­vey

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS DIGEST - By YU RAN in Shang­hai yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Tech­ni­cians re­main the hard­est jobs to fill in the Chi­nese main­land for a sec­ond year, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the 2013 tal­ent short­age sur­vey re­leased on Tues­day by Man­pow­erGroup.

Sales rep­re­sen­ta­tives and man­age­ment/ ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions are the other two tough spots to fill. This is the sec­ond year for tech­ni­cians and sales reps to rank as the top two. Tech­ni­cal com­pe­tency is the key rea­son that some jobs go beg­ging, ac­count­ing for 33 per­cent among Chi­nese em­ploy­ers.

The sur­vey cov­ered nearly 40,000 em­ploy­ers across 42 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries, in­clud­ing 1,698 from the Chi­nese main­land, dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2013.

“Af­ter years of talk­ing about tal­ent short­ages, the sur­vey re­sults show em­ploy­ers are now awak­en­ing to the busi­ness ef­fects that oc­cur when tal­ent is scarce.

“Busi­ness lead­ers have ac­cepted that tal­ent short­ages are an on­go­ing” is­sue, said Zhang Jin­rong, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Man­pow­erGroup China.

Zhang added that more em­ploy­ers re­port dif­fi­cul­ties in fill­ing jobs partly be­cause can­di­dates, the new grad­u­ates in par­tic­u­lar, lack tech­ni­cal skills or ex­pe­ri­ence.

The sur­vey said that about 35 per­cent of Chi­nese em­ploy­ers are fac­ing tal­ent short­ages, 12 per­cent­age points higher than last year.

“It seems to be very dif­fi­cult to find highly skilled tech­ni­cians with cer­tain work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, while more job ap­pli­cants who grad­u­ated from uni­ver­si­ties failed to stand out with pro­fes­sional skills,” said Qin Hao, deputy gen­eral man­ager of Jiangsu Al­lyrise Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Co Ltd.

Qin added that his com­pany prefers to hire grad­u­ates from col­leges that have proven to be bet­ter at teach­ing par­tic­u­lar tech­ni­cal skills, com­pared with or­di­nary grad­u­ates.

More young peo­ple have re­al­ized that spe­cific skills are needed to stand out amid tough com­pe­ti­tion in the job mar­ket in China.

Man Fayi, a new grad­u­ate from the Chienshi­ung In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Taicang, Jiangsu prov­ince, has started work­ing as a tech­ni­cian for elec­tri­cal equip­ment main­te­nance at Mubea Au­to­mo­tive Com­po­nents (Taicang) GmbH, a sup­plier of ve­hi­cle parts.

“I’ve ben­e­fited from cour­ses in col­lege to ob­tain tech­ni­cal skills in elec­tri­cal equip­ment main­te­nance, which helped me get a job more eas­ily” than or­di­nary grad­u­ates, said Man, who had a two-year in­tern­ship with a Ger­man com­pany dur­ing his stud­ies.

Lack of spe­cific tech­ni­cal com­pe­ten­cies and lack of ap­pli­cants are two main fac­tors for dif­fi­culty fill­ing jobs glob­ally.

“In the hu­man re­source train­ing sys­tem of our com­pany, de­vel­op­ing ex­ist­ing staff is al­ways the most com­monly used strat­egy to ad­dress skills gaps as we’re try­ing to de­velop pro­fes­sional staff in­stead of search­ing widely for tal­ent,” said Qin.

Shi Jing con­trib­uted to this story.

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