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Domestic employers on the lookout for imaginative and quick-learning HR professionals

Updated: 18 Oct 2016


Human resources candidates with strong soft skills will stand out in China’s recruitment market as employers hope them to help companies adapt to the fast-changing digital era.


According to recruiting experts Hays, HR professionals who have quick learning ability are the favourite candidates sought after by organisations in line with a rapid penetration of internet technologies into people’s lifestyle.


“Employers need not only HR professionals’ digital experience, but their imagination and quick learning ability to build up teams that can better use the latest technologies to develop businesses,” says Simon Lance, Managing Director for Hays in China. “Start-up and internet companies are now focusing on candidates’ soft skills in the hiring process.”


In its latest Quarterly Reports for October to December, 2016, Hays finds that domestic organisations are likely to have more vacancies to fill amid a new commercial landscape in which internet technologies are playing a more important role.


“Nowadays, an ideal HR head or manager is supposed to be able to sniff out the new trend of businesses, and help companies secure or develop right talent to chase further growth,” says Simon. “Employers are putting more efforts in learning and development, believing the move will bring them huge benefits in the long run.


“In this quarter, active hiring of HR professionals will be seen, but employers will appear to be picky when selecting candidates to fill their newly created positions.”


Hays also says that professionals with experience working at top global companies are preferred by employers.


“They are believed to be skilful managers who are already systematically trained and have efficient working habits that would immediately apply to a brand new platform,” says Simon. “It will be a highly competitive market because not many candidates are considering a move from a gargantuan global firm to a domestic company.”


In terms of candidate trend, Hays says that candidates are increasingly chase career advancement in a dynamic Chinese market.


“Those who are confident of their own skills and experience now care about whether they can secure a leadership position in the new HR teams,” says Simon. “They want to find a proper career platform to give full play to their business acumen.”


To read the full Hays Quarterly Report, including candidate and employer trends and future issues, please visit


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About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2016 the Group employed 9,214 staff operating from 252 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2016:


– the Group reported net fees of £810.3 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £181 million;

– the Group placed around 67,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 220,000 people into temporary assignments;

– 22% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 45% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 33% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;

– the temporary placement business represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 42% of net fees;

– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.

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