Source: Relocate Global
Why is China becoming increasingly attractive to European expats – and what are the top jobs for foreign workers?
What are the top jobs for expats in China?
Whereas in the past the market has been dominated by language teachers, it has now been overtaken by the service sector, IT and media industries as major job sources for expats in China.Figures from the job fair, organised on Sunday by the Foreign Talent Research Centre (FTRC) and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, showed that about half the half the 1,000-plus jobs on offer were in the sales, media, marketing and IT sectors, including openings for journalists, brand and communication managers and software engineers.
Expat jobs in China: Mandarin proficiency for the best salaries
“A certain level of Mandarin proficiency is an advantage,” said Yang Jiayin, project manager at the FTRC. “The best-paying jobs generally require the ability to speak Mandarin. Positions that require fluent spoken and written Mandarin tend to pay more than the same jobs without the language requirement.”Mr Yang said the income gap between expatriates and Chinese employees in the same positions had been reduced in past decades. He said that while, in the early 2000s, the annual salary of a foreign employee would be between five and ten times higher than that of an indigenous worker, the gap had now narrowed to “about two to three times” mainly as a result of an improvement in salaries paid to Chinese staff.
Why is China becoming increasingly attractive to European expats?
Statistics from the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs also showed that China was becoming increasingly attractive to European expats and those from other Asian countries because of its rapid economic growth and a widening range of opportunities.
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The increasing number of expats working in China has also boosted related services targeting foreigners.”As more expats seek jobs in China, many find difficulty in maintaining their dietary habits.