HONG KONG TALENT with experience in multinational corporations has become highly desirable as large mainland corporations look to expand globally, a recruitment fair organised by the Shenzhen municipal government last Sunday has shown. The Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Personnel and Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Labour and Social Security organised a recruitment fair on August 8, with more than 260 mainland organisations exhibiting at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. According to official figures, the job fair offered more than 3,600 openings in a wide range of industries and job fields. Recruiters said talent with experience from a well-developed market and international exposure was in heavy demand. The biggest recruiter in the event was technology giant TCL Corp, offering 1,280 positions. Leading telecommunications corporation ZTE and large state-owned enterprise OCT Group came second and third, providing 120 and 76 openings, respectively. In terms of compensation, private enterprise Kingkey Group offered the highest paying position, seeking a president for US$500,000 per year. Enterprises, universities, hospitals and 51 government units were also among the recruiters. Applicants came from varied backgrounds, ranging from those early in their careers with little experience in the mainland to veterans with years of work experience in China. There were also job seekers from Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and the United States. Most were drawn to what they believed would be tremendous growth opportunities in the mainland. Mi Xinbin, vice-manager of human resources at TCL, said: 'We are recruiting talent in a wide range of areas, from managerial positions in finance, human resources, production, branding, sales, to research and development.' The positions were based in Shenzhen, the company's headquarters in Huizhou, other mainland cities, as well as Russia, Southeast Asia and Europe. Rapid growth and internationalisation are the two major reasons the company seeks talent in Hong Kong. 'In recent years, TCL has been growing at the rate of around 30 to 40 per cent a year, with our market share expanding continually. It has become global, and that leads to an urgent need for talent. As the enterprise internationalises itself, its staff needs to become international as well,' Mr Mi said. 'Hong Kong is our first step outside the mainland. We began a recruitment initiative in March, with around 2,200 initial openings. We have already recruited around 1,000 new staff from major mainland cities such as Dongguan, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Shanghai, as well as through the internet and headhunters. Hong Kong is an important stop in this tour.' ZTE is offering a range of supervisory or specialist positions in account services, engineering, marketing, finance, human resources, media relations and quality management. ZTE is also recruiting from Hong Kong to facilitate the company's expansion in the global market. ZTE head of recruitment Ma Aidong said: 'The company has become a key player in the mainland and now is beginning to develop internationally. So we need a lot of senior, experienced talent with international backgrounds, and we believe Hong Kong has a large concentration of such talent. Plus they are also Chinese, so they have more in common [with mainland staff] culturally.' Konka Group was hiring experts in marketing, branding, sales, after-sales, merchandising and technical positions. Alain Tremblay, internal consultant for the human resources department, Konka Group, said: 'Hong Kong is an international city. [People there] have been dealing with international standards for 40 years. When you talk about branding, it's probably the best consumer product market in the world, maybe second to Japan. So, in terms of marketing, you'll have a lot of expertise in Hong Kong.' Job seekers who attended the event were optimistic about career opportunities in China. R. D. Tan, who was looking for an information technology position, believed long-term opportunities in his field were limited in Hong Kong compared with the mainland. 'The job market in Hong Kong, especially for senior and professional positions, has been shrinking. The opportunities are focused in finance, tourism and retail,' Mr Tan said. David Li, who lived in Beijing before moving to Hong Kong to work as as a health-care professional, said: 'I might go back to Shenzhen to work if a good opportunity arises.' Mr Mi said: 'We have received resumes from Canada, the US, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.' Land of opportunity A recruitment fair organised by the Shenzhen municipal government last Sunday showed demand for Hong Kong talent with international exposure to work for large Chinese corporations. TCL, ZTE and OCT Group were among the biggest recruiters at the fair. Kingkey Group offered the highest paying position at US$500,000 per year. Universities, hospitals and 51 government units were among the recruiters. Many job seekers had previous experience in the mainland, while there were also applicants from elsewhere, including Taiwan.