Most HK youth unwilling to take up mainland jobs: study

January 14, 2015 11:09
Only a third of Hong Kong youth are ready to take up jobs in mainland China, a study has revealed.

A survey has found that nearly 65 percent of Hong Kong youth are unwilling to take jobs in mainland China for various reasons.

Lack of confidence in rule of law was cited by 22.8 percent of the respondents, while 15.1 percent revealed negative perceptions about mainland society, according to the survey conducted by the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre.

Among other factors prompting the reluctance to take up jobs in the mainland was difficulties in adaptation (18.1 percent), the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported. 

More than a thousand people aged between 18 and 29 were interviewed for the survey in August and September last year.

Of the roughly one-third of the respondents who were willing to work in the mainland, 87 percent cited better Chinese economic outlook. However, 36.7 percent said they believe they do not have enough knowledge about the laws and rules in China.

The survey also found that the higher the education level of the youth, the more willing they are to develop their career in China.

Lawrence Lee, director of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, said the doubts that Hong Kong youth harbor toward mainland China could affect the city's competitiveness in the long term.

Alexa Chow Yee-ping, managing director of AMAC Human Resources Consultants, said job openings in the mainland are mainly provided by banks, financial institutions and hotels, which may not be suitable for Hong Kong's young workers.

From the employers' perspective, Hong Kong youth offer an advantage in terms of language and culture, Chow said. Among the possibilities, youngsters can join the design industry in the mainland using their creativity and global vision, she said. 

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