With strict employment contract laws issued from the Chinese government in recent years, a dedicated in-house human resources professional is now viewed as essential by many employers for their effective business operation.
This is one of the findings of the latest Hays Quarterly Report, covering October to December 2012, which looks at candidate and employer trends while highlighting skills in demand.
“Organizations are also trying to build better employment branding and image in the marketplace which is also fuelling the demand for HR professionals in China,” says Simon Lance, Regional Director of Hays in China.
“This demand for human resources experts is especially high for roles that play a crucial part in balancing the relationship between employees and employers, and improving engagement between the two.”
According to the Report, this has resulted in a demand for Training Managers at the mid level, HR Managers, Compensation & Benefits Managers and Organization Development Managers.
“Candidates with five to eight years professional HR experience and good English language skills are in shortest supply,” says Simon. “As a result, employers are advised to retain or attract HR talent for their long-term business development. Strategies can include offering career development or a better work/life balance.”
Meanwhile, Business Partners at the mid level are starting to become more sought after. Employers value these professionals since they can work closely with a business and better understand their needs. Recruiting Managers are also in demand.
“We are also seeing demand for HR Directors and Heads of HR,” says Simon. “International heads of organisations usually have tenures of two to five years and with each new head an organisation restructures, resulting in a Head of HR role being created. The title of the role can vary from HR Manager to Director or Head of HR depending on the culture and size of the business involved.”
Hays also note that HR candidates are placing job security above career development or compensation when they look for their next role. And given the shrinking global finance sector, candidates are seeing the high potential of local firms in the job market.
To view the full Quarterly Report, please go to www.hays.cn/en/report/index.htm
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