The 5 FAQs About Hiring in China

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Hear from our Country Lead Cindy Hu

Expanding your business into China can be a strategic move with immense potential. For example, the Chinese government recently announced an ambitious action plan to invest in its digital workforce and train workers in technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), big data and data security. The plan also aims to attract foreign digital talent and support overseas returnees who want to start businesses in China.

China’s talent market looks promising, and the country will be a hotbed for talent for decades to come. However, navigating the complex landscape of recruiting and hiring top talent in this vast, diverse market requires careful planning and execution.

Cindy Hu, Senior Manager of Account Management at GoGlobal, addresses five frequently asked questions (FAQS) about hiring in China.

How can an employer tap into the diverse talent pool across different cities in China?

Cindy: Whether you’re hiring in a tier-1 city (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen) or a tier-2 city (like Chengdu or Chongqing), it is important to tailor your recruitment strategy to align with local preferences, business practices and regulations. This includes language proficiency requirements, knowledge of local employment laws and cultural fit assessments.

Understanding the unique characteristics of each city’s market dynamics, from the bustling metropolises to the emerging urban centers, is important for success.

Researching market trends, industry landscapes and consumer behavior specific to your target city provides a solid foundation for crafting a recruitment approach that resonates with local talent.

In addition, use China’s specific local tech platforms to recruit instead of international platforms which might be blocked. For example, WeChat Recruitment, is the ubiquitous platform in China.

How can a company looking to build a pipeline of talent establish relationships?

China boasts some of the world’s top universities and colleges, particularly in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong Province. These educational hubs not only produce high-caliber graduates but also attract talent from across the country.

Partnering with universities, attending career fairs and engaging with professional networks can help you tap into this rich talent pool. Consider offering internships or development programs to nurture relationships with promising candidates early on.

Establishing collaborations with academic institutions allows you to stay ahead of the latest industry trends and technologies. It also provides opportunities for knowledge exchange and talent scouting.

By fostering partnerships, you gain access to top-tier talent and contribute to the development of future leaders in your industry.

How can I hire in China if I’m not yet ready, or need time, to set up a legal entity?

Flexibility is key in China’s dynamic, everchanging talent market.

Consider leveraging cross-border HR solutions and flexible employment models. For example, an Employer of Record (EOR) service provider can streamline hiring and help you comply with local regulations. Whether recruiting sales executives, software engineers or marketing specialists, the EOR hiring model allows you to scale your workforce quickly. At the same time, you can minimize administrative burdens and reduce corporate risks.

Flexible employment models empower agility in your recruitment strategy. By adapting to local employment norms and offering competitive compensation, you can attract and retain top talent across China.

How can I ensure new employees from China feel a sense of belonging?

With its rich tapestry of cultures and languages, operating in China demands diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace.

Embrace cross-cultural competence by fostering an inclusive environment where employees from diverse backgrounds feel valued and respected. Provide cultural sensitivity training, promote open communication channels and celebrate cultural holidays and traditions.

Understanding the importance of local customs and relationships, or “guanxi,” is crucial in China. Hiring a senior member locally, rather than an expat from HQ, is more effective in building trust and fostering connections.

By nurturing a culturally competent workforce, you can enhance collaboration, innovation and employee engagement across your company.

Top talent in China is motivated and always open to new opportunities. How can I continually engage my employees?

In China’s competitive talent market, the top professionals seek opportunities for career advancement and skill development. Invest in talent development programs that empower employees to upskill, reskill and thrive in their roles.

Whether it’s through mentorship programs, professional certifications or leadership training, prioritize continuous learning and growth initiatives. By investing in your employees’ development, you can foster a culture of excellence and innovation. This will help you attract the top professionals in your industry and drive business success.

Offering tailored benefits for Chinese employees can further enhance employee satisfaction and loyalty. This may include bonuses before Chinese New Year and during the Mid-Autumn Festival. By understanding and respecting local customs and traditions, you create a supportive and motivating work environment.

Employer of Record: your recruitment partner in China

Expanding your business into China offers boundless opportunities, but success hinges on your ability to recruit and retain top talent.

As previously mentioned, partnering with an EOR service provider can streamline your hiring process and ensure compliance with local regulations. However, beyond managing headcount, some EOR providers offer expert recruitment services, including benchmarking of compensation. This allows businesses to come to the table with competitive offers, positioning themselves as employers of choice for China’s top talent.

Partnering with an EOR provider can offer end-to-end HR support, from recruitment to termination. This comprehensive approach allows companies to focus on core business objectives while entrusting critical HR functions to experienced professionals.

With the right approach, recruiting and hiring top talent in China can propel your business to new heights.

Contact us to learn more about how GoGlobal’s one-of-a-kind Recruit & Hire solution can help you access new talent pools of remote workers and digital nomads in India and beyond.