City dwellers expect pay rises, new jobs in 2006
By Fu Jing (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-12-28 06:08
Bosses have been put on notice: Nearly half of urban Chinese employees expect
promotion and pay rises or to change jobs in the new year, according to a recent
respondents between the ages of 18 and 60 in eight major Chinese cities, 46.1
per cent said they anticipate either a pay rise or finding another job.
Job-seekers look at
employment information at a job market in Xingtai, North China's Hebei
Province December 26, 2005. [newsphoto]
The findings were released by Beijing-based polling agency Horizon Group
after quizzing more than 4,000 households nationwide.
Two in three urbanites, or 67.4 per cent, anticipate an income rise next year
compared with 70.2 per cent for township residents and 75.6 per cent for rural
And two in five city residents, or 39.9 per cent, plan to move to a job which
is more satisfying.
But it's not just work on their minds: One in four (25.1 per cent) plan to
travel for leisure, thanks to rising disposable incomes.
One in 10 of the respondents, or their children, expect to marry next year
many have held back this year, the Year of the Rooster and people expect a
wedding and baby boom next year the Year of the Dog, which is considered
If marriage is definitely on their minds, buying a house is also a priority:
18.1 per cent say they plan a move in the property market.
Industry insiders say that many urbanites have adopted a
wait-and-see attitude towards buying a home this year, hoping that cooling-down
measures by the central government would bring down prices in the overheated