Young Hong Kong workers are only prepared to seek jobs on the mainland if they earn at least $6,000 a month, a survey has found. The study of 281 people aged 15 to 24, carried out by the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, found that 39 per cent of them were willing to work on the mainland but 42 per cent found this an unattractive option. Of those opposed to finding work in China, 64 per cent cited having to be away from families and friends as their major concern and 59 per cent said their opposition stemmed from unfamiliarity with the mainland's political, legal and social systems. Among those willing to seek work, 69 per cent said employers on the mainland must offer at least $6,000 a month, and 47 per cent said they would change their minds if they received lower pay on the mainland than in Hong Kong. Survey co-organiser Lee Kin-kan said the results showed that some young people did not fully understand the mainland labour market. 'As the mainland is becoming more open, the supply of various types of professional talent is growing rapidly and hence the competition in the mainland labour force is more fierce than expected,' he said. 'Hong Kong young people should adjust their slightly high expectations on pay and conditions or risk losing the chance of developing a career on the mainland.' Two restaurant groups have offered 1,000 youngsters one-year internships as trainee chefs on the mainland with pay of just $2,000 a month, which they say is four times the wages of a basic catering workers there. The association urged the authorities to draw up a set of guidelines for Hong Kong residents working on the mainland and introduce subsidies for schools to create more exchange and learning programmes in China. Eddie Ng, external affairs director of the Institute of Human Resource Management, said the survey findings were a reflection of the ignorance of young Hong Kong people about the realities of working on the mainland.