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More than half of Chinese employees would take a salary cut to work from home

Updated: 06 Apr 2016

More than half of Chinese employees would take a salary cut to work from home

Thirty-seven per cent of Chinese employees are prepared to drop their salary by up to 10 per cent in order to work from home, with a further 21 per cent prepared to take a hit of up to 20 per cent for the same privilege, according to a recent poll by recruiting experts Hays.

Less than half of the 700 Chinese polled, 42 per cent, said they are happy to commute if it means more money.

“Chinese have a hard work ethic and put in long hours at work”, says Simon Lance, Managing Director of Hays in China.

“According to results of the poll, more and more Chinese want to work flexibly in order to improve their work-life balance, even if it means sacrificing some of their salary. Some want to reduce stress and improve their mental and physical wellbeing by eliminating an exhausting commute. For others working from home, even one or two days a week, can be the make or break of being able to stay in their job,” he said. This is backed by findings of the 2016 Hays Asia Salary Guide, a separate report released earlier this year, where candidates in China stated work-life balance as the main reason for staying with an employer.

But for some people working from home is not all they thought it would be. As Simon explains, “Some home workers feel isolated from their team and colleagues, and it takes self-discipline in order to get through a to-do list rather than stay at home without a schedule. So if you are easily distracted, need social interaction or cannot ignore domestic tasks, working from home might not be for you.

“Of course there are also jobs that do not suit working from home as they require face-to-face client interaction or your presence at a particular work site, such as tradespeople, medical professionals and teachers. However roles that are essentially completed in front of a computer can certainly be performed from home.”

According to Simon, offering working from home options to staff in such roles also has benefits for employers. “From an employer’s perspective staff who work from home are more productive, satisfied and motivated to do their best. They also offer a cost saving because they don’t take up a desk in the office.”

A Stanford University study of 16,000 people found that home workers are more productive because they take fewer breaks and sick days, and achieve more thanks to a quieter and more convenient working environment .

The poll was conducted on between December 2015 and early February 2016. 706 people completed the poll.

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

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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 31 December 2015 the Group employed 9,420 staff operating from 248 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2015:

– the Group reported net fees of £764.2 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £164.1 million;
– the Group 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, 41% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% 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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