7 Signs You’re Onto a Winner with an Employer in China

7 Signs You’re Onto a Winner with an Employer in China
Mar 23, 2021 By Cian Dineen , eChinacities.com

It can be hard to know what to expect from an employer in China. While we’re familiar with employment norms back home, in China, we’re often left guessing about the difference between a poor deal and a good one. Although it differs from industry to industry and employer to employer, some companies offer some great perks that’ll make your working life in China a whole lot easier. If you stumble across any of the following during the recruitment process, you know you’re onto a winner.

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Visa Application Support

Preparing and processing your work visa is one of the most stressful parts of expat life in China. If the company you’re onboarding with has offered to assist with the application, you’re already saving yourself a major headache. One step better is if the company really knows what they’re doing, as one that doesn’t is sometimes more hassle than it’s worth.

You know you’re onto a winner if the employer has an established process in place to handle applications and the HR staff are proactive and experienced. They tell you exactly what you need to sort yourself while handling everything else in-house, including any enquiries from the government. Professional support in applying for your work visa is a clear indication that your new employer is experienced in hiring foreigners and will support you in other ways throughout your employment.

Commercial Health Insurance
It’s worth pointing out that this is different to social insurance, the basic national health insurance all China-based employees are entitled to. Your company should automatically have you signed up for that, and if they don’t, it’s actually a red flag. While social insurance provides some basic healthcare coverage, commercial health insurance is what you really want, if possible.

You may not be able to get comprehensive health insurance that covers both inpatient and outpatient services all over the world, but there are companies, especially foreign ones, that offer very generous private inpatient coverage for mainland and Greater China. That way, if anything serious happens, you can rest assured you have nothing to worry about when it comes to paying the bill in a nice private hospital.

Housing Provident Fund

The Housing Provident Fund (HPF) is a voluntarily program where employees can choose to pay 8-10 percent of their salary into a personal savings fund. Your commitment will be matched by your employer and held temporarily by the government. You can withdraw 80 percent of the total amount immediately each month, while the rest remains in the fund. That remaining money can be accessed to help purchase a house in China or withdrawn completely if you decide to leave China permanently. Furthermore, your payments into the fund are tax deductible.

Fairly common among locals, the scheme was only opened up to foreigners in recent years, so many employers in China are yet to offer it to their expat staff. It may not be something that comes up normally in the recruitment process, but be sure to ask if you want it. Even if the company does not currently offer it, you can push and ask if they’d be willing to. It can add up to a lot of money over a number of years and is worth the extra admin effort, in my opinion.

Company Accommodation

You’re most likely to find this perk offered to teachers at international schools and managers or specialists in manufacturing. Furthermore, it can take a number of forms. Your company accommodation may be a glorified dorm room on the site of the factory, a tiny bedsit next to the school, a modest apartment allocated through the local government’s talent scheme, or even a luxury two-story spot right in the heart of downtown.

For those who aren’t offered company accommodation, you may find that the company provides some accommodation allowance instead. Failing that, you could try to negotiate a higher salary, arguing that your salary expectations were based on the assumption that accommodation was included. As I said, however, you’re unlikely to get very far with this one unless you work in teaching or manufacturing.

Extra Annual Leave Days

Expats in China, especially those from Europe, are usually accustomed to a large amount of annual leave each year. These foreigners often get a rude awakening when they find out their prospective employer in China is offering only the standard five days a year (on top of national holidays) to new hires.

First thing’s first, you need to accept that it’s highly unlikely you’re going to get the same amount of days off as you did back home. At least not from a Chinese company, and you’d be surprised how many international employers in China cynically follow the local lead. A number of China-Based companies realize, however, that foreign staff have different expectations when it comes to annual leave. A compromise of 10 annual leave days in addition to the standard Chinese holidays tends to be the benchmark at the companies offering extra leave. If you find this is the case with your new company, think yourself lucky. If not, you may be able to nab yourself a few extra days as part of your contract negotiations.

Annual Paid Flight Home

Most commonly seen offered as part of a teaching contract, annual paid flights home normally constitute one return flight back to your home country during the summer holidays. You may occasionally see them offered in other industries where the times and destinations of the flights are not so arbitrary and the employee is free to take their paid flights throughout the year to anywhere they choose within the budget.

If you have a choice or feel confident enough to negotiate, try to lock in the latter type of arrangement. If you’re smart and/or you don’t want to go home for summer every year, you might be able to make the flight budget stretch to multiple trips around Asia. Whichever way you do it, having a travel budget is a sure-fire sign that you’re onto a winner with an employer in China.

Substantial Annual Bonus

Annual bonuses are not as important in the West as they are in China. Sure, there may be a nice little something extra at Christmas, but the payouts are rarely on the scale of what’s seen at some Chinese companies. Seriously hefty bonuses are unlikely to be found at foreign companies operating in China, and there are also many industries where bonuses are not at all common.

Those working with a Chinese employer in manufacturing, particularly in the field of tech, however, should be keeping a very keen eye out for annual bonuses. You may just get the so-called 13th month salary, but there’s often talk of some of China’s biggest companies, like Huawei and Tencent, paying out anything from six months to a full year’s salary as a bonus. Even if you don’t work for one of the big hitters, many Chinese tech companies will offer sizable payouts to staff if they’ve had a good year. As outlined here, however, bonuses are never guaranteed, so get something in your contract if possible and don’t rely on a promised bonus to make up an otherwise poor salary.

What else are clear signs of a good employer in China? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Apr 26, 2021 15:33 Report Abuse



you know you are on to a winner when your potential employer replies to your questions, such as pay and conditions, in WRITING, and will happily supply names of former employees as references. Everything else is standard to working in China, not a bonus.

Mar 27, 2021 18:58 Report Abuse



High package, high demand.

Mar 24, 2021 11:04 Report Abuse



Bonus payment is common in Asean countries. One is lucky if he hired by a well established and profit making companies that well known for lucrative bonus payment.

Mar 24, 2021 10:38 Report Abuse



Besides Visa assistance, i would say the provision of accommodation is equally helpful especially for those who are new to China. That will save the hassle of searching for an accommodation.

Mar 24, 2021 10:20 Report Abuse



There are two different arrangements for your apartment when you are teaching in China: Provided for free Some schools will make the arrangements for you, which means that they will provide you with a place to stay for free. This will be part of your salary package, which means that the money that you do get, you can use for other expenses since your rent is covered in full. Housing allowances Other schools will simply provide you with a housing allowance as part of your salary. This allowance is normally between RMB 2,000 and RMB 3,000, which is always more than enough to cover the rent of a place that the school can help you find.

Jun 14, 2021 11:25 Report Abuse



are you the creepy guy asking another poster on this forum for 'evidence' of sexual harassment? Here is a post from a blog called WWAM Bam (White woman/Asian Man) outlining what is a common problem.: https://www.wwambam.com/dear-ms-wai-sexual-harassment/ Enjoy !

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Mar 21, 2022 15:05 Report Abuse



it seems you ASKED for evidence that foreign women were subject to sexual harassment in China and i have provided some. Are you going to do what you have done to the other poster and not respond with anything other than name-calling, abuse and general deflection? Are you a man or a just a troll ? Just asking. Whatever you are, you seem like a real winner ! Of course maybe you are a guy who thinks that sexual harassement does not exist, and that it is ok to treat women and girls like trash, and that they should not have opinions or thoughts at all. Maybe you think women are inferior and 'deserve' what men do to them. Maybe you think women 'invite' and 'want' to be groped and abused verbally by strangers on the street or colleagues at work, or raped by people they know or strangers. Maybe you don't like when women speak out, stand up to bullys and shine the light on a side of life you don't want to acknowledge. Or could it be that you are intimidated by women who don't defer to you, maybe you are 'hen-pecked' and abusing people online is a form of therapy for you. I am just trying to understand why you are so hostile to the notion that women are sexually harassed in China. I of couse won't be surprised if you don't respond, or respond with insults/abuse. Here is another article about sexual harassment in China, just to show you that it DOES happen, even if you are unwilling to accept this. Although your interest seems to be in the gratuitous details of what happens to specific women........ https://theworld.org/stories/2018-02-09/i-didn-t-know-how-big-problem-sexual-harassment-was-china-until-metoo

Mar 27, 2022 18:37 Report Abuse



I am curious to know why men from Asia presume that every Caucasian woman is American. And equally why many Asian men have no problem revealing their (apparently) lack of respect for women in general on forums such as this. It makes me wonder if they treat their mothers, sisters and aunts the same way they do women they are not related to ! Could it be that you feel 'safe' to abuse women online but not face to face? (just asking) But then from what I read of your comments you don't seem to be able to respond in a polite way onlne. I would not hold my breath that you will respond to me in a polite way - other than a 'down-thumb' at the very least !!

Mar 27, 2022 19:41 Report Abuse



You don't feel offensive if you aren't American. It unnecessary indeed. Most of west in particular are " white supremacist where they don't respect others. Besides, there are no sign of ending when comes to the habit to interfere, interrupting and provoking other. You have no rights to lecture others when you at the 1st place do not respect others. Mind you, are you trying to adopt a " Rule base order'? "When asked what proportion of women had experienced any form of sexual harassment, both male and female respondents across the US and 12 European countries, including Great Britain, underestimated the levels experienced by women." https://theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/06/men-underestimate-level-of-sexual-harassment-against-women-survey

Mar 28, 2022 12:36 Report Abuse



The purpose of this propaganda is to credit increasing awareness of sexual harassment in China to the West's benevolent influence. And to imply that without it, China is a backwater where women have no voice - that Chinese women need western influence for securing their rights. Since this is your whole idea, the America congress is giving half a Billion dollars to people creating anti-China misinformation. Why not enrolling as a troll /key board warrior? https://prospect.org/politics/congress-proposes-500-million-for-negative-news-coverage-of-china/ It is a complete waste of time to respond to someone who prefer to use a nick name which in many case are "troll", In other words, a person who enjoy insulting or offensive message on the internet in order to upset someone, or to get attention or cause trouble.

Mar 28, 2022 13:03 Report Abuse



And China does not have a problem with people trafficking? https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009813/chinas-human-trafficking-problem-goes-far-beyond-the-chained-woman?source=recommend (ECC is a CHINESE related site by the way so great 'whataboutism' trying to ignore the point.) Your attempted deflection does not work on me. The point you are trying to ignore is that YOU were abusive to another poster on this site demanding evidence of sexual harassment of women in China, apparently looking for details of abuse (not perverted in any way of course! Due to the shortage of women in China - a result of the 1 child policy, this is happening https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009774/chinas-abducted-women-1%2C252-derailed-lives-in-data?source=recommend. Remember this is a CHINA focused site and the topic is about sexual harassment in CHINA, and no amout of defelction by you will change that. the thing you don't seem to understand (or don't want to understand) is that non-Chinese men acknowedge the problem of sex-harassment of women and it is not something that European/North American women experience IN PUBLIC unlike in China where foreign women frequently experience verbal sexual harassment, groping (and worse) on a daily basis from Chinese men. But when the women confront the men (and make the men lose face), the men fail to understand what they are doing is not something that REAL MEN do in resepct of women. But it is not only foreign women who face sexual harassment from Chinese men. Chinese women do to, https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009836/chinese-women-continue-to-make-history-%E2%80%94-and-face-harassment- But you will probably ignore this too. Just ask yourself how you would feel if your mother/sister/female cousin was sexually harassed. Woud you ask them for details evidence too? If not, why is it ok for you to ask women you don't know for such evidence?

Apr 10, 2022 18:15 Report Abuse



nice deflection and avoidance of actually engaging. You win on 'trolling' with your abusive comments directed at foreign women. China is not exempt from local men abusing women. but of course you will deny this. Here is an example how Chinese men abuse women online https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1009886/chinas-instagram-wants-more-male-users.-its-using-women-as-bait. But sadly for Chinese men, there are so many who will never marry so they resort to porn, prostitutes and sexually harassing women. Congratulations - are you one of these too? You are the one who has been abusive online, calling another poster a 'dog' and more. You need help as you seem to enjoy behaving like this. Could it be that it is because some woman has left you or rejected you? I am not American and I have lived in China for a few years and have witnessed first hand how Chinese men behave towards Chinese women and foreign women. I have also lived and worked in Europe and know that fewer men are as abusive and aggressive to women in public as they are in China. Keep telling yourself that the sexual harassment of women in China is not common. South China Morning Post, a CHINESE owned paper, reports on sexual harassment cases in China. https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/gender-diversity/article/3168406/metoo-china-married-academic-fired-shanghai. Just keep your head in the sand all you want. Those of us who have lived and worked in China know the truth. Peace.

Apr 21, 2022 01:51 Report Abuse



Hi troll, you have no capacity or moral ground to lecture anyone here by pretending you are are more superior just because you are being white. Hey, enough of your white supremacist. By judging at the history whereby the white has looted, colonizing Asia, Africa with your false propaganda, Enough is enough. I don't even bother to read your comment as it's a complete waste of time.

May 09, 2022 11:08 Report Abuse



Hi troll, have you join the CIA to expand your propaganda?

May 09, 2022 11:10 Report Abuse



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May 09, 2022 11:15 Report Abuse



thanks for the name calling - a sure sign that someone has neither the capacity or evidence to formulate a rational response. I have managed to keep things on a civil level. Can you say the same? is this the best you can do ? Please keep it up, your comments do nothing expect reflect on yourself and your personality.

May 11, 2022 02:55 Report Abuse



None of the REAL men I know abuse women, either verbally, in person or online. I can only advise you to get help. You seen to have some issues.

May 11, 2022 02:57 Report Abuse



please share what you think is 'propaganda'. is the South China Morning Post a 'propaganda' news source? if all you can do is call names and make unfounded accusations, that does not amount to a rational response.

May 11, 2022 03:11 Report Abuse