With app, job-seek­ers fol­low the money

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

A smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion that al­lows users to share salary in­for­ma­tion is prov­ing a hit among wannabe “job-hop­pers”.

JobMoney was launched in May on WeChat, Ten­cent’s mo­bile voice and text mes­sag­ing ser­vice, where it has so far amassed more than 1.2 mil­lion fol­low­ers.

An app for An­droid de­vices fol­lowed and is now viewed al­most 90,000 times a day, ac­cord­ing to its de­vel­oper Guangzhou Hengye Soft­ware.

Users can up­load their monthly salary and em­ployer’s in­for­ma­tion, as well as search in­comes by typ­ing in a com­pany’s name.

“Most users are mid­dle- or low-in­come work­ers, in­clud­ing mi­grant work­ers,” op­er­a­tions man­ager Ou Qisheng. “They’re more will­ing to share in­for­ma­tion on their salaries than peo­ple with higher in­comes.”

The idea for the app was in­spired by one of his team mem­bers, who missed out on a job be­cause he asked for too much dur­ing the in­ter­view.

“We wanted to create a use­ful guide for job­seek­ers,” Ou said, adding an app for Ap­ples iOS is on the way.

Ac­cord­ing to a poll by recruitment web­site Zhaopin re­leased in Septem­ber, 20.8 per­cent of Chi­nese white-col­lar work­ers have switched jobs this year, and 30 per­cent are look­ing.

Dong Jing, a Web ed­i­tor in Bei­jing, signed up to JobMoney in May and it pro­vided her in­for­ma­tion from sev­eral pre­vi­ous com­pa­nies.

“I started us­ing the app just for fun. It’s in­ter­est­ing to see other peo­ple’s salaries, which are usu­ally pri­vate,” she said. “I check it reg­u­larly and hope­fully it will be help­ful when I want to change job.”

Al­though peo­ple have sug­gested the app may en­cour­age work­ers to change job more fre­quently, la­bor ex­perts dis­agree.

“The app won’t lead to hop­ping jobs for bet­ter salaries, as that’s not a per­son’s sole con­cern,” said Zhang Zhen­ning, se­nior con­sul­tant at the Chi­naHR Tal­ent Re­search Cen­ter. “Peo­ple also con­sider wel­fare, work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and re­la­tion­ships with col­leagues.”

Liu Yi­wei, who works for a govern­ment depart­ment that helps young mi­grant work­ers find em­ploy­ment in Shang­hai, said the app should be used more for fun than as a se­ri­ous job-seek­ing tool.

“It’s an in­ter­est­ing idea but not very re­li­able, as the salaries are posted by in­di­vid­u­als not em­ploy­ers,” she said, adding that work­ers have been shar­ing and dis­cussing such in­for­ma­tion for many years on on­line fo­rums.

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