The recent murder of two Indonesian women in Hong Kong raises significant issues concerning the mental health issues of expatriates in China and the culpability of their respective companies’ HR departments. In this article, we examine the possible ramifications of the incident.
Heightened pressure in China’s labor market means that employers are commonly required to terminate employees to optimize their business operations. Legally speaking, this is by no means an easy thing to do, especially under the comparatively stringent regulations on terminating employment contracts since 2008.
Several major cities in Guangdong, including Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, recently released details on their average wages in 2013, which are used as the base figures to calculate the minimum and maximum contributions to social insurance and housing funds for employees.
There has been much commentary made over the state of China’s expatriate market recently, with suggestions that it is shrinking. On the contrary, China’s expat community isn’t shrinking, but rather evolving to meet the new demands of China’s increasingly consumer-driven market.
Ten provinces in China have released “guidelines on wage increases” for 2014 that lay out suggested wage increases for enterprises based on several factors.
Rising labor costs in China have been setting off alarms among foreign investors, even as the Central Government exerts pressure on maintaining economic growth targets. In keeping with our annual tradition here at China Briefing, a comprehensive list of minimum wages across China for 2014 is provided.
A recent spate of complaints over the poor speed of the internet in China, especially in the commercial sector, may be generally attributed to China’s extensive firewall and the country’s relatively slow progress in upgrading its relevant infrastructure such as 4G networks. But another factor may be worth considering if your business is suffering from slow internet speeds and problems downloading data—your employees’ use of company IT facilities.
In this China Briefing exclusive interview, Miriam Wickertsheim, Director at Direct HR, discusses key recruitment considerations for enterprises operating in China’s retail space, including the impact of rising wages, opportunities in Tier Two cities and the relevance of second language skills for sales staff in the retail sector.