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Do you have what employers want? Check your cross-cultural expertise score

More and more businesses in China are looking for bilingual candidates with an international mindset as the job market becomes more globalised, according to the 2013 Hays Asia Salary Guide.

Updated: 19 Jan 2016

More and more businesses in China are looking for bilingual candidates with an international mindset as the job market becomes more globalised, according to the 2013 Hays Asia Salary Guide.


“A recurring theme throughout this year’s Salary Guide is the need for candidates with not only multiple language skills but those who can fit in with a foreign-owned company as the trend of multinational corporations moving their offices to Asia continues,” says Simon Lance, Regional Director of Hays in China.


For example, employers in China’s Banking sector expect strong English and Chinese language skills. English is also a prerequisite for candidates in the information technology space. In general, English is now an essential requirement at the mid to senior level in this sector as organisations seek candidates who can communicate effectively with global teams and management.


The market is also starting to see customers shop outside of China where products are cheaper and are not subject to import or luxury taxes. As a result, sales candidates with overseas retail experience and Chinese language skills are in high demand.


“Therefore, employers are interested in candidates that are interested in and able to adapt to different cultures as this will obviously help their businesses operate more effectively and more efficiently,” says Simon. There are also benefits for the candidate in that they will become more in-demand, leading to better job opportunities and career pathways.” 


So, what’s your cross-cultural expertise (CCE) score?


Hays has devised a quick quiz for candidates to see if they’re meeting the cross-cultural expertise demands of today’s employers:


1.     Do you speak a second language or are you learning one?

2.     Have you ever worked in an environment where your mother tongue was not spoken?

3.     Have you worked abroad, learned about different cultures and are able to apply what you’ve learned to a new employer?                         

4.     Can you demonstrate your interest in and ability to adapt to a different culture?

5.     Can you demonstrate that you’re flexible and able to accommodate differences of opinion at work?

6.     Have you worked in an environment where pay was based on merit and performance?


You score one CCE point for every “yes”.


To find out how you fared and what it means, go to to see your cross-cultural expertise (CCE) score.



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Hays Specialist Recruitment  (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.


Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company with more than 7,800 staff operating from 245 offices across 33 countries.


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