'Mickey Mouse grandmother' still working at 75... to support her 40-year-old son

Yang Zhiqiao has to take a break every 10 minutes because her costume is so heavy. Photo: Luoyang Daily

A 75-year-old pensioner from Henan province is still hard at work, dressing up as Mickey Mouse to raise cash to help her middle-aged son get married.

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014, 12:04pm 3 comments

Risks loom on China reform path amid slowing economic growth

Beijing has shown an increasing willingness to sacrifice some growth rate as it aims to overhaul a growth model that has relied on investment and money printing. Photo: AFP

Fresh signs of the struggle ahead for Beijing to deliver a cohesive reform-oriented agenda for economic growth have emerged as two of the mainland's top financial authorities outlined contrasting views on where the economy is heading.

7 Mar 2014 - 2:34am 2 comments

Tianhe Chemicals IPO follows boss' daughter to UBS

JPMorgan saw the Tianhe Chemicals deal go to UBS, where one of the US bank's former employees had moved. Photo: AFP

Mary had a little lamb, Joyce Wei has an IPO. Wherever the daughter of Tianhe Chemicals chairman Wei Qi goes, follows the potential US$1 billion IPO deal.

First, it was JP Morgan Chase that was supposed to be working on the initial public offering of the Liaoning-based company. Joyce Wei was then working as an investment banking associate there.

22 Jan 2014 - 4:37pm 9 comments

China Merchant Securities eyes top 10 spot in Hong Kong market

Wilson Wan (right) and Sam Lee aim to make a difference and change the game in the city's investment banking sector. Photo: Jonathan Wong

China Merchants Securities plans to add about 100 jobs at its Hong Kong unit this year in a bid to become one of the top 10 investment banks in the city for equity and debt capital market business.

13 Jan 2014 - 9:39am

It's the end of the year and battle for talent begins again

December and January are usually the two busiest months of the year for headhunters to pitch for talent.

It's the end of the year again, and a time when some human resources managers may get nervous about one thing - how to keep their staff.

30 Dec 2013 - 1:39am

British service sector hiring at fastest rate since 2007

The service sector accounts for about 75 per cent of Britain's economic output. Photo: AFP

British service-sector firms are hiring new staff at the fastest rate in six years and are planning to ramp up investment as the country’s economic recovery gathers momentum, a survey showed on Tuesday.

26 Nov 2013 - 1:37pm 1 comment

Pay trends point to greener pastures across the border

Thee gap in average salary levels between the mainland and Hong Kong will come to an end - or even reverse. Photo: AFP

Every year at this time, many people will begin to think about the same thing - how big a pay rise can I expect for the coming year?

4 Nov 2013 - 3:08pm

Breathe easy, smog is not key issue facing China recruiters

Heavy haze in Beijing's central business district. Photo: Reuters

Is air pollution really the most important reason some foreign executives are considering for leaving China? Let’s continue the debate. Recently I wrote a column about the topic after several foreigners wrote blog posts or articles about why they left China. Some said the worsening air pollution in Beijing or Shanghai was their top concern.

17 Jun 2013 - 7:52am 1 comment

The 'vanishing bosses' scam and other Hong Kong hustles

Young people hoping to get a job were instead victims of an identity theft which saw dud cheques issued in their names.

Young people hoping to get a job were instead victims of an identity theft which saw dud cheques issued in their names.

17 Jun 2013 - 8:56am

Star BofA Merrill Lynch analyst sacked after Hong Kong IPO is pulled

Star BofA Merrill Lynch analyst sacked after Hong Kong IPO is pulled

Tong Shaojing told the South China Morning Post he was fired from his job within days of a proposed Hong Kong listing of shares in the mainland-based Triplex Biosciences being put on hold.

14 Jun 2013 - 10:25am 2 comments

Financial firms plan to increase Hong Kong hires

South Korea-based Mirae Asset announced in April that its brokerage in Hong Kong would be shut down to save costs amid poor market conditions. Photo: May Tse

In a recent poll, 38 per cent of 1,100 senior executives from banks and financial institutions based in seven economies, including Britain, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong, said they would add to their permanent headcount in Hong Kong this year.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

Most Hong Kong university students would consider working in China, survey shows

A study has revealed that 85 per cent of Hong Kong's college students would consider working in mainland China. Photo: SCMP

Study reveals 85 per cent of Hong Kong's university students would consider working in China.

30 Sep 2013 - 3:15pm

Hong Kong's tourist trade hits troubled times as hiring gets harder

Paul Pei, President of Hong Kong Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The tourism industry in Hong Kong has a problem - young people are just not drawn to it. Now, some of the biggest names in the city, which can pull in customers by the millions, are behind a recruitment drive.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am

Whatever their reputation, people still want to be bankers

Andrew Sheng, former chairman of the Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission. Photo: May Tse

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People say the reputation of the financial industry has been badly damaged in the five years since the 2008 global economic crisis. But interest in a job in the industry has not faded, especially among the younger generation.

27 May 2013 - 8:09pm

Time to remind the world our doors are open to all

Hong Kong must make it easier for skilled professionals of all races to settle here. Photo: Thomas Yau

Last week, Max Fisher of The Washington Post produced an article on the world's most and least racially tolerant places. It claimed Hong Kong was ranked as one of the world's most intolerant, with 71.8 per cent of respondents saying they would not want someone of another race as a neighbour.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am