More Hong Kong students wish to obtain work experience on the mainland, but many are not well-prepared, according to a survey. The Hong Kong Human Resources Exchange Centre interviewed 500 people aged 18 to 30 between July and August this year. Two thirds of them have worked or taken up an internship on the mainland or wished to do so. Most of them opt for jobs in the financial industry in Shanghai and Beijing. Most respondents - or 80.2 per cent - think such work experience is helpful. Top reasons include 'better advancement opportunities and employment benefits'. 'Many financial, property and hospitality enterprises have moved major business to the mainland,' said the centre's executive director Perry Suen Pang. 'Graduates who have exposure to the mainland market have an edge over others.' Those respondents who said they did not want to work on the mainland cited reasons such as lower living standards, including poor public security and inadequate health care. A majority of people polled (79.6 per cent) said they wanted to work on the mainland for no more than three years. Suen says this indicates that students treat a short stint there as a stepping stone to a better job and salary in Hong Kong. Forty-four per cent said they expected to earn between HK$11,001 and HK$20,000 per month. 'Fresh mainland graduates working in Beijing or Shanghai only get 4,000 to 7,000 yuan [HK$4,870 to HK$8,522],' Suen noted. 'Students should consider adjusting their salary expectations.' Many respondents also conceded that they were not familiar with the mainland's labour laws, tax systems, and company operations. 'The government should give [young Hong Kong job-seekers] more information about the mainland's market and labour protection rules to help them make a better decision,' Suen said.