You’re not alone: most Chinese think they are in wrong job

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2012, 6:30pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2012, 2:12pm

A majority of workers in China believe they are slaving away in the wrong jobs, according to a survey that suggests a malaise of job dissatisfaction as the country’s economic growth appears to slow.

More than 60 per cent of those polled said they were willing to change industries, highlighting a frequently changing jobs market in China. The survey, by headhunter Antal International and Network HR magazine, was based on responses from more than 3,600 professionals across various fields.

About 26 per cent of them said they had grown tired of their jobs, and only 13 per cent said they were comfortable in their current position and industry.
No opportunities for promotion and dissatisfaction with pay and benefits are cited as the main reasons for leaving a company.

The survey also found that workers first consider salaries and benefits before joining a company, but they also look at the company’s size and reputation.

The poll shows that China’s working population is becoming more aware of management styles and the value of finding the right one. It suggests that Chinese companies need to establish an image and make brand management a priority if they want to attract and retain staff.

Multinational and foreign companies remain more desirable for about 60 per cent of job-seekers, the survey also says, overwhelmingly surpassing state-owned enterprises, of which only 12 per cent rank as the most desirable job destination.