More than 80 per cent of 1,868 Hong Kong job seekers surveyed online by a newspaper said they would consider working on the mainland. The poll, commissioned by Manpower Resources Computing (MRC), was undertaken by Sing Tao Daily's Job Market as part of a campaign to help mainland enterprises recruit professionals in Hong Kong to combat increased foreign competition after China's World Trade Organisation entry. MRC general manager Kenny Ng Pui-keung said that about 50 'sizeable companies or big names' from Guangdong province had signed up for a recruitment fair in Hong Kong which will be hosted by MRC towards the end of the month. Mr Ng said about 1,000 jobs would be on offer at the fair. The survey is believed to have been commissioned to serve as a reference for prospective mainland employers, who represent the finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, news media and property development sectors. Among the hopeful employers are three prominent Guangzhou-based newspapers - Guangzhou Daily, Yangcheng Evening News and Nanfang Daily - air-conditioner maker Meidi and telecoms equipment manufacturer ZTE. Annual pay on offer for middle to senior managers ranges from HK$300,000 to HK$3 million, while the average for technical personnel is HK$300,000. About 10.1 per cent of survey respondents said they were already studying the possibility of working in the mainland, while 9.5 per cent said they had never thought about it. The survey, conducted between December 21 and December 31, returned 1,868 valid questionnaires. The data, processed at the Quality Evaluation Centre at the City University of Hong Kong, was analysed to gauge the attitude and expectations of residents towards working in the mainland. Pay topped the priority list with 66.5 per cent of subjects saying it was an important consideration. That was followed by opportunities for promotion (49.95 per cent), the work environment (47.3 per cent) and the legal protection of labour (41.22 per cent). About 26.3 per cent said they would not accept less pay to work in the mainland. A further 30.5 per cent said they could make do with 1 per cent to 10 per cent less pay. Only 6.8 per cent would tolerate a 31 per cent to 50 per cent lower wage.