Sometimes, it is better to be a massage therapist or personal trainer than a management trainee.
Consider the latest city service sector salary survey by mainland recruitment website 58.com, which listed massage therapist as the highest-paid professional in the sector with a monthly salary of 17,669 yuan (HK$19,906).
Together with personal trainer (15,225 yuan) and post-natal caretaker (10,952 yuan), these are the professions that receive five-digit paychecks in the four tier 1 mainland cities — Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
In addition, their salaries — they are usually not required to have tertiary education — compare favorably with those in Hong Kong.
The median salary of a Hong Kong management trainee is about HK$16,000
According to census data, the median pay of Hong Kong workers was HK$15,500 between May and June in 2015, up 4.9 per cent from the same period in 2014.
However, Hong Kong still topped the list among other key Chinese cities in average salary.
Beijing led mainland cities with an average monthly pay of 9,240 yuan while Guangzhou ranked No. 4 with 7,409 yuan.
The relatively high pay for a massage master, personal trainer and post-natal caretaker reflects China’s growing demand for personal services in a generally more affluent and health-conscious environment.
Typical urban white-collar workers spend longer hours at work. They are willing to pay for immediate relief or to stay in shape.
Ditto for couples who are expecting a baby.
It is fashionable to hire a post-natal caretaker and the good ones are always in demand.
Couriers and food delivery workers are also directly benefiting from the new urban “stay home” trend thanks to e-commerce.
These delivery workers make between 6,400 and 7,000 yuan on average, according to the 58.com survey.
A recruiter for 58.com said some of these delivery boys and post-natal caretakers make more than 10,000 yuan but people do not know they have a tough job.
The recruiter said delivery boys are paid on commission and they have to work under hot, rainy and cold weather.
Post-natal caretakers have to shoulder great responsibility. Any mistakes could cost them a substantial reduction in pay.
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