Foreign Companies Faces Shortage of Skilled Workers in Shenzhen
Despite the week long job fair and recruitment drives in the city, foreign companies are still finding it hard to recruit good skilled workers in Shenzhen. More than a hundred companies such as Canon, IBM and Mission Hills Golf Club joined the job fair seeking for candidates for positions such as middle and senior level managers, machine operators, technical workers and service personnel.
Foreign companies were usually the first choice of local job hunters because of the competitive welfare benefits, career prospects and training. But during the week long job fair it seems that the appeal is declining. IBM’s recruitment staff had expanded their hiring cycle because of the rise of China’s domestic enterprises and most of the foreign companies are losing their competitiveness in terms of salary and management compared to domestic enterprises.
A spokesperson for the Shenzhen Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment said that there is a shortage of skilled workers in foreign companies, since many fast developing inland cities and local private enterprises are attracting workers from foreign companies and coastal cities. Most of these inland cities are offering more job opportunities with higher salaries and the cost of living in these cities are relatively lower.
Furthermore new generation workers have different demands when looking for work compared to those born in the 70s. These younger job seekers are asking for better working environments, a better business culture and more benefits.