The Basics of Employing People in China and the UK (Part One)

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Written by: Donfil Huang and Nicholas Lakeland

An exclusive series focusing on the basics of employment in China and the UK.

In the first introductory videos, Legal Advisory Manager at Dezan Shira & Associates, Donfil Huang, and Partner at Laytons, Nicholas Lakeland, share introductory legal knowledge around employing foreigners in China and the UK. Foreign entities operating in China and the UK must understand the basics of employing foreigners to ensure overall compliance.

In the first series, Donfil and Nicholas share their expertise and answer some of the most frequently asked questions around employment. They touch on what employers should know and do before they employ foreigners, overtime pay, statutory costs that employers must fulfill, and the different implications of full-time and part-time work.

The second and third series will take a deeper dive into employment contracts and dismissing employees in China and the UK. Donfil and Nicholas will also share examples of British companies operating in China and foreign companies operating in the UK.

We share more resources down below to assist you with understanding China’s complex regulatory environment surrounding employment.

For questions regarding investment into China, you can contact our team at or and investment into the UK, you can contact

The Basics of Employment in China and the UK

Terminating a Labor Relationship in China and the UK

Laws and Regulations regarding Overtime Work and Compensation

National Minimum Wage and Trade Unions

Statutory Costs for Employers and the Capabilities of a Representative Office

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