Category Archives: Talent

Dongguan raises bar on talent incentives

Dongguan has adopted an aggressive policy to attract and retain qualified “talents”, chief of which is a housing policy that provides free rental accommodation of up to eight years in a 200 sqm apartment. “Super Talents” are entitled to a housing subsidy of up to 2.5 million yuan or a rental subsidy of up to 5,000 yuan per month for 3 years. “Basic Talents,” get incentives, too, such as subsidies on public rental housing or preferential rents.

Local media reported that the new regulation is focused on Songshan Lake, Binhai Bay, and the Neutron Science City, among other sites. It goes hand-in-hand with construction planning, requiring the ratio of new land supply for projects, and urban renewal projects, to set aside not less than 10% of housing for talents.

The plan also allows various kinds of qualified talents to enjoy the same treatment in purchasing commercial housing as Dongguan registered residents (i.e., those with a local hukou).

Shenzhen Considers its Talents

Shenzhen’s never-ending quest for modernity produces regular bouts of soul-searching, which are often reflected in commentaries published in official media. One of these, by an experienced writer, Fu Jingyi, which appeared recently in the Southern Metropolis Daily, focused on the city’s talent policy. It determined that the challenge of “optimizing” Shenzhen’s human resources was perhaps greater than many realized, and that creative solutions were called for. 

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Foshan builds a brain box

Every city in the Greater Bay Area, if not the country, is positioning itself as an attractive destination for people with PhDs and post-doctoral qualifications. Foshan, however, has gone the extra mile by setting up a “matchmaking” fair for them.

On November 18, the “Guangdong (Foshan) Doctor and Postdoctoral Talent Exchange and Technology Project Matchmaking Meeting” was hosted at the city’s convention center, attracting nearly 1,200 doctoral and postdoctoral fellows from around the world. Schmoozing them were around 60 employers.

Most attendees had PhDs, including 180 from overseas universities. Also unsurprisingly, most were working in strategic emerging industries such as biomedicine, engineering and materials, energy resources and environment, advanced manufacturing, and modern information technology.

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Dongguan aims for Mega status

Dongguan has had enough of being just another fast-growing Chinese metropolis. By the end of the Greater Bay Area masterplan, it wants to be a Mega City.

This might sound like something from a computer game, but a Mega City is an official designation given by the central government to a city with a population above 10 million. Dongguan, being the GBA’s third-biggest city with 8.37 million registered residents, plans to leap into that category by 2030, and will peak at 10.8 million in 2035, according to city planners.

It’s not about quantity, however, but quality. In 2016-2018, the total number of “talents” in the city jumped from 1.46 million to 1.953 million; “high-level talents” (post-grad degrees) rose even faster, from 84,800 to 126,000. As the city government explains it: “The population structure is continuously optimized.”

Dongguan is doing its bit to ensure these people live in a more comfortable environment, naturally. With a focus on Songshan Lake and the Binhai Bay districts, the city plans to grow sustainably and produce a high-quality living environment.

See our recent features on Songshan Lake and our Dongguan overview.

Read more on its population plans (in Chinese).

Huawei offers RMB2m salaries for PhDs

Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies has launched a worldwide campaign to lure high-caliber “talents” with an offer of a RMB2 million (US$290,000) annual salary, according to Chinese media The Paper. 

Huawei employees drew average annual pay of RMB1.1 million last year, but the average turnover rate of doctoral staff in the past five years has been more than one-fifth, public information shows.

Huawei’s chairman, Ren Zhengfei, also revealed in an internal document that 20-30 talented “youngsters” will be recruited from all over the world this year, and that number will gradually rise in future to stimulate the firm’s vitality.

Shenzhen housing prices seen scaring tech talents

Shenzhen has been a magnet for talent ever since Reform and Opening got under way here in 1979 – not only from across the country, but from overseas, too. This much is well known about the city on Hong Kong’s border, which expanded its population by more than half a million last year alone (to 13 million), making it the fastest-growing city in the country.

However, all is not as idyllic as the picture would lead us to believe. According to a new series of books about Shenzhen’s reform and innovation, published by China Social Sciences Press and Shenzhen Academy of Social Sciences, the city faces serious challenges in raising the skills level of its workforce, too. Foremost of these is the high cost of housing in China’s most expensive real-estate market.

Indeed, unless measures are taken, it would appear that the city is facing an imminent brain-drain. A recent survey shows that Shenzhen’s ratio of housing prices to disposable income is the highest in the world, and that more than three-fourths of skilled workers in the technology industry are considering leaving the city because of unaffordable housing. 

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Shenzhen offers 40% off for talent housing

Shenzhen is moving fast on its plans for luring “talents” to the city, defining more clearly who qualifies as one and offering them a sweet 40% discount on housing – for rental or purchase.

Here are the criteria for applicants who are already working for a company or who have started a business in Shenzhen:

  1. University degree holders, including overseas graduates.
  2. Those recognized by a municipal-level human resources department with a secondary or above-level national vocational qualification.
  3. High-end talents and talents “needed urgently”, identified by the city government.

Here are the types of accommodation available:

  • If you are single or living with your spouse: 35 sqm;
  • With three “nuclear family” members: 70 sqm;
  • With four or more “nuclear family” members: 90 sqm.

Rentals are for a maximum 10 years, and the discount lasts for only the first six years.

For those wanting to buy, it depends on their assessed income levels. And it is related to the number of years the purchaser has lived in Shenzhen.

Read more in Chinese.

Got 5G on your CV? Sign here, please

Moms and dads, forget sending your kids to medical or law school: demand is soaring for workers with skills necessary for the 5G industry.

Seriously, in a way that only a Chinese online-recruitment agency could imagine, data shows just how hot demand is for anyone with experience of 5G networking business. According to BOSS (full kudos for the name), demand for 5G talents in the first five months this year has already reached 60% of the demand seen in the whole of 2018, which is up 38.9% from the same period last year.

Shenzhen ranks second in job-placement for 5G talents, following Beijing.

Around 20 million jobs are expected to be created by China’s leap into the 5G future, which began last week with the rollout of commercial 5G applications via four major carriers. The China Academy of Information and Communication Technology estimates the 5G industry will contribute RMB3 trillion to the economy by 2030. But the going begins now, with the recruitment and training of anyone who can apply themselves to the challenge.

According to BOSS, the average monthly salary from January to May for 5G-related talents was RMB14,110. That is 15.7% more than the average salary and six percentage point higher than last year’s rise. In the past three years, all companies on the BOSS platform have increased their budgets for recruiting 5G talents. However, job-seekers were apparently a bit slow on the uptake, and their asking price was below what the companies were initially prepared to pay.

What exactly the 5G industry is, however, remains to be defined. At the moment, it is highly segmented. The network communication and equipment sector has the largest demand for talents, which is not surprising: there will be 200 million 5G terminals (not just handsets) built by 2022. Communication R&D engineers (43.5%) are most sought after, followed by telecom network engineers (19.9%). Demand for light-transmission engineers and wireless-radio frequency engineers have also increased 80%.

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Zhongshan targets SARs

Zhongshan has joined the GBA talent wars, recently releasing a plan designed to keep up with its bigger neighbors and attract talented young people from Hong Kong and Macao. It will include – you guessed it – building an “innovation and entrepreneurship platform for young talents from Hong Kong and Macau”. The plan aims to establish an incubator by next year, presumably in temporary space while it constructs a dedicated Youth Innovation Entrepreneurship Park by 2025.

On offer will be the usual menu: subsidies for rent and startup businesses, apartments for the smartest, and other incentives. The city plans to build a well-rounded supply chain centered on these youth from the two SARs.

[ will be publishing a special introductory report on the lively, lovely city of Zhongshan, birthplace of modern China’s founding father, Sun Yat-sen, very soon. Keep an eye out for it.]

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Zhuhai extends education, healthcare for SAR talents

Fancy living in one of the nine Greater Bay Area cities, but worried about the costs of expatriate education and healthcare? Worry no more – if you are a Talent from one of the two SARs, that is.

Zhuhai’s Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau has released a plan to give talented individuals (talents) from Hong Kong and Macau access to local education and healthcare. The plan aims at establishing all-rounded social insurance and public services for talents from the two SARs by next year. Moreover, it proposes to grant the same pension benefits as locals, and do away with the need for employment permits.

Other incentives offered to talents from Hong Kong and Macau are already well known: the Zhuhai government provides subsidies and invests in incubators. It would seem that the city is focused on attracting only the brightest, however: those with a post-graduate degree.

Read more (in Chinese).