Educated mainland workers 'a threat'
More young Hong Kong professionals think their Beijing counterparts pose a challenge in the job market than vice versa, even though both groups believe the professionalism of mainlanders leaves much to be desired, a survey has found.
About 60 per cent of 189 Hongkongers surveyed said the competition from mainlanders was huge, according to the poll conducted by the policy think tank Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre.
However, only 27 per cent of 294 young Beijing professionals viewed competition from Hongkongers as intense.
Laurence Li, the centre's research consultant, said the reason for the difference could be that Hongkongers had more opportunities to work with mainlanders and more experience dealing with them.
It might also mean 'that Hong Kong professionals still have many opportunities to work on the mainland', Li said.
The survey was conducted between April and July last year among workers who had graduated within the past 10 years.
They came from academia, the media, PR, accounting, finance, architecture, engineering and legal professions. Thirty-five per cent of Hong Kong professionals saw fierce competition as the biggest challenge in their career development, above having to work on the mainland and high property prices or rent.
'I don't see competition as something bad as long as we maintain our standards,' Bauhinia centre chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk said.
Meanwhile, 33 per cent of Beijingers saw high property prices and rent as the biggest hindrances to their careers, followed by slow promotion and keen competition.
But when it came to work conduct, 61 per cent of Beijing respondents saw Hongkongers as more professional than their peers.
About half of the Hong Kong respondents in the survey also said mainlanders lacked professionalism, while 34 per cent said standards between the two groups were the same.
This percentage of young Beijing professionals think their HK counterparts are more professional than they are