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Hong Kong students prefer to work in China

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Hong Kong university graduates would rather get a job on the mainland than work locally, sparking concern among employers.

A biennial survey by the Hong Kong Human Resources Exchange Centre found two quarters of 500 university students have had prior working experience in China, and are looking to secure full time employment there. In 2011, the figures were 5% lower at 60%.

Graduates believe working in China would allow them provide them with a competitive advantage, and force them to think with broader mindset.

“Mainland enterprises now have a wider exposure to human resources in various regions and have higher expectations from employees,” Perry Suen Pang, executive director of the centre, told South China Morning Post.

However, despite more students considering a move to China, government figures show there has been a decrease in the number of Hong Kong residents working on the mainland – from 244,000 in 2004 to 175,100 in 2010.

This may be a result in a lower quality of Hong Kong graduates. Pang said entrepreneurs he’s spoken to believe Hong Kong students were good at critiquing the work of others but often fail to come up with solutions of their own.

“When Hong Kong graduates show no improvement in quality, fewer are chosen by employers,” he said.

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