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What are some of the critical steps when profiling potential candidates?

What are some of the critical steps when profiling potential candidates?

The profiling stage is a critical planning phase in the recruitment process. Effective communication from the HR representative to the hiring manager is fundamental to ensuring that the company’s current needs are met. Through an assessment of ...

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Who are the main players in Chinese online recruitment? What are the pros and c...

Who are the main players in Chinese online recruitment?  What are the pros and c...

The online recruitment market in China is dominated by two main players: 51Job.com and Zhaopin.com.  Together, they represent nearly two-thirds of the entire market. These websites are ideal for attracting those candidates who are actively apply...

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What are passive candidates and what are some obstacles faced when searching for...

What are passive candidates and what are some obstacles faced when searching for...

Passive candidates are defined as those who are employed and are not searching for a new career. Due to high activity in the recruitment market in China, these candidates might be reluctant to publish their information in databases such as 51Job.com,...

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Why should a company involve recruitment firms in the candidate search process, ...

Why should a company involve recruitment firms in the candidate search process, ...

Companies are often faced with a limited pool of candidates when seeking to fill managerial positions or those requiring a specific skillset.  Many of these candidates are passive, and are not actively seeking a change in their career.  To ...

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What is a hukou, and how does it effect the recruitment process in China?

What is a hukou, and how does it effect the recruitment process in China?

A hukou is a kind of domestic passport for all Chinese citizens. Typically, one’s hukou will be their birthplace, and it usually determines where the citizen is entitled to social welfare and benefits such as housing funds and educati...

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What is the “Equal Pay for Equal Work” Principle?

What is the “Equal Pay for Equal Work” Principle?

Labor dispatch is an alternative option for foreign invested entities looking to hire Chinese staff.  Concerning labor dispatching, the government requires employers to apply the same remuneration standards for dispatched employee...

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What makes an outsourcing contract different from a dispatching contract?

What makes an outsourcing contract different from a dispatching contract?

Generally, companies outsource tasks that require a specific skillset, a high degree of confidentiality, or those that incur major consequences if incorrectly implemented. Whereas dispatched employees sign direct labor contracts with the hiring compa...

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What are deductible allowances for foreign staff in China?

What are deductible allowances for foreign staff in China?

Under the provisions of Chinese tax law, certain allowances are deductible before calculating the tax burden on foreign employees’ monthly salaries.  These categories must be specified in the labor contract, and employees must be able...

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What are some of the advantages of outsourcing payroll in China?

What are some of the advantages of outsourcing payroll in China?

Payroll processing can be a challenging task in China considering its complex social benefits system. By outsourcing payroll, companies can increase the efficiency and accuracy of the process.  Companies that specialize in payroll usually have t...

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How can a company dismiss an employee during the probation period?

How can a company dismiss an employee during the probation period?

While both parties can dissolve the labor contract unilaterally by giving three days’ notice to employees on probation, the company can only dismiss them if there is clear evidence that they do not satisfy the job requirements. The company has to ...

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What are some of the recent changes in China’s visa system?

What are some of the recent changes in China’s visa system?

The Chinese government amended its visa regulations in September, 2013.  The F-Visa, which was previously given to foreign business travelers, was transformed into a visa solely for non-commercial purposes, such as cultural exchanges and visits....

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Best Practices for HR & Employment Management in China

Best Practices for HR & Employment Management in China

This presentation by Stephen O'Regan, International Business Advisory associate, is a comprehensive guide to dealing with employees from hiring to dismissing and from staff handbook rules to contract signing.

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