Workers in China feel more work-related stress than
their counterparts in other Asian economies, a report on employment
and human resources said.
Overall, 53 percent of respondents on the Chinese
mainland said they had experienced relatively or significantly
higher levels of work-related stress in the past year. This was a
higher rate than in any other markets surveyed, including Japan,
Singapore, and Hong Kong, according to the Hudson Report released
The Hudson Report is a quarterly survey of hiring
expectations released by an international human resources
The Asia report polled 2,400 people involved in
recruiting in the four major Asian markets, with 724 from the
Workers in the healthcare and life sciences sector
reported the greatest increase in work-related stress in the past
year, with 45 percent of respondents saying they felt a
significantly higher amount of stress. A further 25 percent said
they felt relatively higher stress.
"The higher stress these people feel is caused by the
fast-paced economic development in China in these past years," said
Angie Eagan, general manager of Hudson Recruitment (Shanghai) Ltd.
"Most companies set high growth targets, which translates into
stepped up productivity for workers, especially in some new
Having to do more work is considered the most
significant cause of work-related stress. Across all sectors, 36
percent of respondents blamed their stress on increased volumes of
work, far more than any other single reason, such as insufficient
support or having to work with unqualified co-workers.
To relieve their stress, 61 percent of the respondents
said they would hire more staff in the second quarter of this year,
or 2 percent more than in the first quarter.
"The increase in China's employment rate is the
highest among all the Asian markets we surveyed," the general
manager said. "The trend will be even more obvious later this
"The report's findings are absolutely correct, even
though many young people complain it is hard to find a job," Zhu
Qingyang, secretary-general of the Shanghai Human Resources
Consulting Association, said.
"What insiders have found is that many companies can't
find qualified talent. Many young students didn't meet the standard
for a professional career person. Before complaining, job seekers
should adjust their attitudes."
The report said that of all the sectors covered, banks
had the brightest hiring expectations, with 75 percent saying they
would hire more staff this year, slightly up from 73 percent last
"The opening up of the banking market to foreign
entrants is having a huge impact," said Cherol Cheuk, manager in
charge of the finance and banking and legal sectors at
"Some foreign banks have already started to march into
second- or third-tier cities in China."
The highest growth in hiring expectations over the
past year was reported by the manufacturing sector, where the
number of respondents planning to expand their staff rose to 61
percent this quarter from 56 percent in the second quarter of 2006.
The government's Go West policy to encourage companies to move to
second and third tier cities is likely to have a positive impact on
"Many job opportunities come from high-end industries
such as automobiles and aerospace," Georgie Chong, director of
industrial, human resources and talent management at Hudson
The report said sales positions accounted for the
highest proportion of recruitment by job category, with 24 percent
of all new hiring forecast for this area.
Daily April 20, 2007)