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Message to employers: Staff want more cash
By Li Xiaowei (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-22 06:25

High employee turnover is another striking feature of the survey.

Average turnover rates for foreign businesses across China rose from 8.3 per cent in 2001 to 14 per cent in 2005. In Shanghai, the numbers rose from 11 per cent last year to 14.6 per cent in 2005.

This talent crunch should be a sign for foreign organizations to develop a talent pool before forging ahead with expansion plans, said Jean Lin, a Hewitt consultant.

"Factors with the greatest impact on an organization's ability to succeed in China today are employee motivation and engagement, acquisition and retention of talent, talent management and management skills, a positive organizational culture, and effective brand alignment," Lin said.

This lack of human resources in certain fields has been a growing concern. Earlier this year, the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai held business forums to deal specifically with talent management. In a recent white paper, the American Chamber of Commerce said the No 1 challenge for its members was attracting, developing, and retaining management staff.

Sales and marketing staff are hardest to retain, the survey suggests.

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