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  • Young Job Seekers in China “Strained Korea-China Relations Affect Willingness to Work at Korean Comp
    2018-01-15

     

    Young Job Seekers in China “Strained Korea-China Relations Affect Willingness to Work at Korean Companies”

     

    -  KITA’s Shanghai Branch conducted and analyzed a survey of participants of the job fair for Korean companies in China -

     

    According to a survey conducted by the Shanghai branch of the Korea International Trade Association (Chairman, Kim Young-joo) of the job seekers at the Job Fair for the Korean companies in China, the strained relations between Korea and China have significantly affected the willingness of job seekers to work at Korean companies in China.

     

    Of the 179 Chinese respondents (including ethnic Koreans in China) who responded to the survey in December last year, 105 respondents (58.6 percent) answered that "Korea-China relations have an impact on their willingness to work at Korean companies” showing the short-term decline of job seekers who want to work at the Korean companies due to the frozen relations between Korea and China. In particular, it appears that ethnic Koreans (66.7%) are more affected than the Han race (57.4%). In addition, of Koreans, the majority of respondents (73.6%) said that the strained Korea-China relations have an influence on them showing that Koreans have been mostly affected by the situation.

     

    Among the Korean companies, the most popular company was CJ (25.5 %), followed by Samsung (25.3 %), LG (23.6 %), Hyundai (13.2%), Lotte (10.2 %) and others (2.2 %). According to the preference by the ethnic group, 27.2 percent of the Han and 31.4 percent of ethnic Koreans in china are interested in Samsung while Koreans are mostly interested in CJ with 36.1 percent.

     

    Of the participants who chose Lotte, the ratio the Han (12.8%) is higher than that of the ethnic Korean (5.7%) or Korean (6.0%). The report says that it implicates that the ethnic Koreans and Koreans are more concerned about Lotte compared to the Han job seekers’ aversion to Lotte group. 

     

    The job seekers are mostly interested in marketing/sales (46.4%), followed by management (21.2%), and accounting/finances (4.2%). Others category accounts for 23.3 percent, including a variety of jobs such as interpreter/translator and design.  

     

    In terms of expected monthly salary if hired, 29 percent of the participants said more than 10,000 yuan. The majority of them were Koreans (76.3 %) and the ratios of the Han (18.4%) and the ethnic Korean (5.3%) were relatively low. It means that Korean students studying China have absolutely high expectations for high salary.

     

     

    On the other hand, the job seekers who are interested in Korean companies prefer to be hired by Korean companies (52.0%) the most, followed by European companies (14.6%), American companies (14.6%), Singaporean companies (10.1%), Japanese companies (4.2%) and Taiwanese companies (3.8%) as foreign-invested companies. 

     

    Park Sun-kyung, director of Shanghai branch of the Korea International Trade Association said "It appears that the strained relations between Korea and China have concrete influence upon job seekers’ willingness to work at Korean companies.” The director also stressed "The Korea International Trade Association will hold a large-scale job fair in the first half of 2018 and actively support the management activities of Korean companies."

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