China's Emerging First-Tier Cities Attact Talented Professionals

March 26, 2018

China's emerging first-tier cities have become popular destinations for the inflow of talented professionals. Hangzhou, Chengdu, Suzhou, and Xiamen have outperformed Beijing and Shanghai in attracting professionals, thanks to their vibrant business growth potential and abundant job opportunities, according to a report by LinkedIn. The internet sector is the most attractive industry among job seekers, followed by real estate, automobiles, financial services and education management. 'The employment landscape is in line with the industrial development of these sectors, with emerging industries and those undergoing upgrading posting the stronger demand for professionals' said Zhou Zhenyu, a senior LinkedIn data expert.


For the last 20 years, Chinese urbanization brought huge economic growth to Chinese society. It is estimated that the urbanization level in China will still increase up to 70% for the next twenty years. It will continuously contributes to boosting Chinese economy. China is also paying higher attention on education industry, which is expected to enhance national productivity. It shows that the higher internalization level of the city is, the more it attracts young talents who are seeking career opportunities.


The report pointed out that the Chinese are changing their jobs more frequently than before. The average time spent in one workplace shrank from 34 months in the 2014-2015 period to 22 months in the 2017-2018 period, pointing to a more vibrant employment market. Chinese human resources staff are more tech-savvy than their Western counterparts as many have begun or are willing to use big data, artificial intelligence and other new technology to aid recruitment, which accounts for higher economic growth.


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