China’s emerging first-tier cities become talent magnets: report

A representative from the Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Germany, recommends a cooperative project to a representative of a Hangzhou company at the Hangzhou International Talent Exchange and Project Cooperation Conference on Nov. 10, 2018. Photo: Li Zhong, People’s Daily Online

China’s three emerging first-tier cities – Hangzhou, Wuhan, and Chengdu, are becoming strong talent magnets, witnessing a huge inflow of talented professionals, said a report published on March 6.

The report, released by Chinese online job-hunting platform, said the net outflow rate of talents from first-tier cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, to emerging cities and provincial capitals was 0.61 percent from January to February 2019, 0.08 percentage points higher than that the same period last year.

Job seekers look for the recruiting chances on the 2019 Hangzhou talent exchange conference on Feb. 26, 2019.

Photo: Li Zhong, People’s Daily Online

Wuhan and Xi’an have also become attractive destinations for the labor force over the past 20 months thanks to their favorable policies, geographical advantages, and high investment in technology, the report indicated.

Industries including pharmacy and medical services, artificial intelligence, internet of things and 5G technology saw the highest demand for professionals.

Customers purchase goods at the Smart Commercial Complex in Alibaba Industrial Park in southwest China’s Hangzhou Province on April 28, 2018.  Photo: Long Wei, People’s Daily Online

In many cities, there is not much space left for new talents in industries such as internet, education, finance, and professional services, but senior personnel in these sectors is still in high demand.

A student who participated in the 17th National College Robot Competition prepares for the competition on June 21, 2018. Photo: Wang Qisheng, People’s Daily Online

Data released by showed that the average expected salary in new first-tier cities rose to 7,799 yuan ($1,162) in the first two months of this year, 5 percent higher than that in the same period of 2018.

Source: People’s Daily Online   

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