Mon, Dec 20, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Chinese workers want more money

CNA , TAIPEI

The gap in expectations between job seekers and companies looking for people to work in China is quite big, as job seekers hope for higher salaries while employers say that salaries should be the same as those paid at home, according to a recent survey.

The poll conducted by www.104.com.tw discovered that about 60 percent of the respondents willing to work in China think that they will get a raise of at least 50 percent to do so, while some 40 percent of companies surveyed said that they would offer salaries on a par with the pay for the same work here, an executive of the headhunting Web site said.

There are an average 7,894 job listings in China per day for job seekers here, the highest in recent years, while the daily number of job seekers willing to work in China is also at an all-time high of 15,168, the official said.

According to the poll, 46 percent of the respondents said they would be willing to work in China in order to get a promotion in the future. Around 39 percent said they would do so to add value to their work abilities, while 37 percent view China as a promising market and some 35 percent think that they would get better pay.

Some 60 percent of respondents believe they would get a pay hike of at least 50 percent for accepting a job in China, while 24 percent said they would ask for double their salaries here. About 36 percent think that the pay in China should be between 1.5 times or double the level here.

But at the same time, only 39 percent of the companies polled said they would be willing to pay double pay for a job in China, and 50 percent said they would offer the same pay for Taiwanese working in China, with their prime consideration being cost-cutting, according to the survey.

The poll was carried out between Nov. 24 and Nov. 29, with a total of 2,872 valid questionnaires. The margin of error was 4.8 percent.

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