Category: HR & Staffing

China’s Labor Market: Gaining Insights into HR Trends

China’s labor market changed in 2016. Despite job demand cooling in the beginning of the year, China’s job market has been steadily growing since the second quarter. Average monthly salaries have also increased, particularly in tier-one cities.

/ February 15, 2017

Disability Employment Security Changes Could Be Costly

Companies operating in some of China’s major cities are facing significant cost increases following a change to employment social security fund payment calculations. Although announced by the central government, provincial governments are implementing the new calculation in different ways—if at...

/ February 1, 2017

Minimum Wage Rises in the Cities, Stalls in the Provinces

Minimum wages in China’s major cities rose in 2016, signaling the continued development of an emerging consumer class as much as increasing pressure on company labor costs. But the increases also point to an increasing divide, as wage growth stagnates...

/ January 25, 2017

5 Steps to be an Effective Leader

In a world where capital is effectively priced at zero, as much as 30 percent of bottom line performance stems from the leadership’s ability to harness and implement ideas better than its competitors. Yet most companies say their leaders reliably...

/ January 4, 2017

How Effective Chief Digital Officers Navigate Digital Transformations

By Heidrick & Struggles As mobile technology, constant connectivity, and data analytics become increasingly embedded in the fabric of daily life, few businesses have been left untouched. Digital disruption—the changes that result from applying new technology to goods or services—is not...

/ December 7, 2016

New Regulations on Wage Payment Methods in Shanghai

According to the Shanghai Municipal Human Resource and Social Security Bureau, a new regulation on wage payment methods for Shanghai-based organizations went into effect August 1. The new regulation, issued to replace the 2003 version, expands the scope and makes...

/ November 2, 2016

Don’t Forget the Staff Handbook

Many employers in China are overlooking the importance of a staff handbook and instead are relying on an employment contracts, which often don’t include some key provisions. While an employment contract details important terms such as working hours, salary, main...

/ October 31, 2016

Winning the War for Talent in China’s “New Normal”

China’s economy is changing rapidly thanks to the growing purchasing power of the expanding middle class and the digital disruption of multiple sectors. It is little wonder that competition for top Chinese talent—especially in fast-growing China-based companies—is becoming ever more...

/ October 19, 2016

China Implements New Unified Work Permit Pilot Scheme

On September 9, 2016, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs’ (SAFEA) announced that the existing Foreign Expert Permit and Alien Employment License will be merged into a single permit. The new permit introduces a tiered classification system for foreign...

/ October 7, 2016

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Your Next Information Security Chief

Arguably, no hire is more important today than chief information security officer. If that seems like an overstatement, then ask the board of directors of Target, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, J.P. Morgan, or any one of the long list of...