Young Workers Choosing Up-and-Coming Cities Over Beijing and Shanghai

By Adam Robbins, April 25, 2018

0 0

China’s oldest, richest Tier One cities – Beijing and Shanghai – are now less attractive to young job seekers than their scrappy southern counterparts. 

Citing a study “by a research institute working for the Chinese classified advertising site,” ECNS reports that people born after 1995 are now flocking to Guangdong and Sichuan provinces.

Shenzhen – with an economy set to overtake Hong Kong this year – is now the most favored city among the young, according to the report.

Guangzhou and Chengdu – each named China’s “most livable” city – are next in line as the destination for China’s rising generation. 

Hangzhou, Chongqing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Xi’an, which graduated to Tier One status last year, are also emerging as attractive cities thanks to active recruitment measures.

READ MORE: 85% of Migrants Feel They 'Don't Belong' in First-Tier Cities

Hangzhou’s policies let companies offer larger than average salaries, for an average of RMB6,663 per month, according to the report. Expected monthly wages for Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou are reported at RMB6,589, RMB6,105 and RMB6,029 respectively. Shanghai still leads that metric, with salaries of RMB8,326 a month. 

Separately, Global Times reports that 'smaller' cities like Jiangsu province’s Suzhou and Yancheng (with populations of 10.7 and 7.3 million, respectively) are attracting more foreign talent. 

"As a university teacher, the main draw is that the salary is more or less the same in smaller cities as it is in bigger ones," Thomas Claret, who teaches French at a university in Yancheng, told the paper. "But the costs are a lot lower, so I can live without worrying too much about money I earn and spend." 

READ MORE: This Place Was Just Named the Best for Expats in China

[Cover image via Simbaxu]

more news

'Dad, When I Grow Up I Want to Marry You' Ad Pulled from Shenzhen Metro

The advertisement definitely did not go unnoticed.

10 Reasons Shanghai is Better Than Every Other City in China

Here are 10 reasons why Shanghai is in a league of its own.

China Jobs: Editor, Education, Sales

A roundup of the latest employment opportunities around China.

Jesse Warren Talks Shenzhen Music and New Mettasonic Releases

We caught up with musical maestro Jesse Warren to chat about two upcoming Mettasonic releases, 'Made in Shenzhen EP' and 'Mettā Muzik, Vol 3.'

HK Truck Driver COVID-19 Positive After Returning from Shenzhen

Be alert, these are the places the driver visited in Shenzhen.

Demolition Begins on China's Largest Road Port in Shenzhen

The largest road port connecting Shenzhen and Hong Kong is due for an upgrade.

Lightning Strikes Woman Inside Home During Storm in Shenzhen

The woman was cooking in her kitchen around 4.30pm on Saturday when the incident occurred.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.