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Year-end bonuses at SOEs to rise: Poll

Updated: 2013-12-27 09:19
By He Wwi in Shanghai ( China Daily)

Year-end bonuses at SOEs to rise: Poll

More State-owned enterprises in China will offer higher year-end bonuses to employees than foreign and private companies, a recent survey suggests.

About 70 percent of SOEs will see their bonus level rise compared with last year, as opposed to 66 percent of private companies and 60 percent of foreign businesses, according to a survey conducted by leading staffing firm Career International.

The survey polled human resources officers from 847 companies. It covered 14 industries, including real estate, IT, automobile and retail.

Half of the respondents worked for multinational corporations. Three-quarters of the rest were from State-backed companies.

In general, 64 percent of all surveyed firms expected to lift the bonus threshold, up 6 percentage points from 2012.

Growth was largely seen to be moderate, as 47 percent rated the rise to be less than 10 percent.

"Compared with foreign and private firms, bonuses claim a significantly higher share, or 35 percent, of an SOE's payment composition. Therefore, more companies encourage employees by raising bonuses," said Li Jie, leader of Career International's Asia Pacific operations.

SOEs have generated a combined profit of 2.15 trillion yuan ($354 billion) from January to November, up 8.2 percent year-on-year, data from the Ministry of Finance showed. Margins of centrally administered enterprises rose 11.2 percent compared with last year.

Only 23 percent reported lower incentives, a proportion that dropped by 9 percentage points from last year.

Nearly 27 percent of foreign-funded companies said they would cut bonuses, a percentage that was notably higher than the other two categories.

Foreign firms were more greatly exposed to the lingering effects of the global financial crisis, which squeezed their margin for bonuses, said Li.

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