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Don’t doubt our loyalty: Employees want to stay 5+ years, so it’s up to bosses to look after them

Updated: 18 Jan 2016


More than 50 per cent of Chinese want to stay with an employer for more than five years, according to a survey of 557 Chinese by recruiting experts Hays. With employees ready and willing to remain loyal Hays says the onus is on employers to look after their staff, since loyalty and continuous skills and career development should be mutually inclusive.


The survey found that 51 per cent of Chinese believe in job loyalty and are prepared to stay more than five years with an employer. One in four (25 per cent) said they’ll stay up to five years, meaning they’ll have at least two jobs each decade of their career. The final 14 per cent like to change employers every one to two years.


“Most Chinese at heart do believe in job loyalty,” said Simon Lance, Managing Director of Hays in China. The job for life mentality is long gone, but so too is the mindset of job hopping regularly. More than half of us want to stay with our employer for five years or more suggesting that, for most of us at least, stability, security and loyalty are important.


“Given this, it’s up to employers to ensure they create the environment in which employees can remain. After all, people want to stay with their employer long term, but they also want their careers to continue to develop and thrive.


“This means employers need to provide all staff with ongoing training and development, regular reviews and promotional opportunities. They also need to deliver what they promised in the recruitment process so that the reality of working at their organisation matches what they promoted when they were attracting top talent.


“As long as staff are offered stimulating work and their career continues to advance, most will stay.  A lack of career progression is the number one reason people come to us looking for their next job, so we can’t emphasise enough the importance of putting career development plans in place,” he said.


While long tenure has obvious benefits for employers, there are also benefits to be gained for employees. “Apart from demonstrating your loyalty – which is a quality that will serve you well when you do eventually enter the job market again – long-term employees are usually rewarded through additional benefits and internal promotions, while their opinions are valued and sought out by others in the organisation,” Simon said.


But Simon says it is also important to recognise when it’s time to move on. “If your current employer is not offering you opportunities to develop and advance your career, and you feel stale and bored in your existing role, it might be time to explore your options in the job market. Loyalty is a noble quality, but it should not be at the expense of your own career advancement. Employers need to make sure the two go hand in hand,” he said.


The poll was conducted on between August and October 2015.


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About Hays

Hays is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.


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. As at 30 June 2015 Hays employed 9,023 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2015, Hays reported net fees of £764.2 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £164.1 million. Hays placed around 63,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 200,000 people into temporary assignments. 23% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.


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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