Employment Outlook: Shanghai

China , Employment Outlook Jul 23, 2019 No Comments

China’s largest commercial and financial center welcomes foreign professionals to fill its many vacancies.

By Mary Anne Thompson, founder, and president, GoinGlobal, Inc.

Shanghai is among the world’s most populous cities. It is China’s most important seaport and one of the world’s fastest-developing cities. It is the commercial and financial center of Mainland China and full of technologically savvy and well-educated citizens, with world-class infrastructure and a strong services sector.

Employers seem to be confident, though cautious, this year, with the most optimistic hiring plans in the finance, insurance, and real estate sectors.

Local companies are expanding their market share globally and are in strong need of talents with international backgrounds. In recent years, Shanghai has simplified job application processes and made residence permits easier to obtain in order to attract foreign talent.

The greatest demand is for bilingual talent with international experience and familiarity with global business.

Soft Skills Needed

In addition to a strong set of technical skills and relevant industry experience, soft skills are increasingly in demand. These include:

  • Excellent business skills
  • Market insights
  • Problem-solving skills
  • High-level communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task

Sectors Hiring the Most:

  • Sales and marketing
  • Information technology
  • Accounting and finance
  • Life sciences
  • Manufacturing

Shanghai currently offers job opportunities across many job sectors and has simplified its job applications and residence permit process to encourage foreign professionals to consider Shanghai as a destination for their next career move. Whether you are an engineer, financial professional or IT specialist, Shanghai has vacancies you can fill.



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