HK grads seek to work on mainland

09:03, May 11, 2010      

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About 70 percent of university students in Hong Kong are willing to work on the Chinese mainland after graduation, especially in big cities like Shanghai and Beijing, according to a survey released on last Thursday.

The survey, conducted by the Hong Kong United Youth Association, found that 22 percent of students said they would like to find a job on the mainland "very much" and 48 percent said they would be pleased to work there.

Of the cities, Shanghai, the financial center of China, was the first choice of 69 percent of respondents, while Beijing, ranked second, interested 21 percent of students.

Shenzhen and Dalian were also eye-catching cities, attracting 4 and 5 percent of respondents respectively.
And 46 percent of respondents thought that, for their first job, the salary should be between HK$5,000 to 8,000 per month, while 33 percent of those expected a monthly payment of HK$5,000 to 12,000.

Some 11 percent of respondents said they would accept a job on the mainland even if the salary was less then 5,000.

Since the job market in Hong Kong has become more competitive, university students in Hong Kong have turned to the mainland to find opportunities, said Adrian Yip, managing vice chairman of the association.
Yip also said the survey showed 90 percent of students would value an intern experience in a big company on the mainland, which they believed would help a lot during their job-hunting process.

About 460 students in six universities were interviewed, including those from the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Source: Xinhua


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