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China – Staff retention a cause for concern in 2014

13 January 2014

More than a third of professionals surveyed in Shanghai have quit a job because their workload was too heavy, according to a recent survey from recruitment firm Randstad. The primary cause of the additional workload identified by the 400+ respondents was the proliferation of smart devices.

More than 80% of those polled said they take phone calls from work or receive and respond to work-related emails out of  their working hours. A fifth said that their employers want them to be available 24 hours a day.

The general consensus among recruitment firms in the region is that employers will struggle to retain staff during 2014.

The Randstad World of Work Report 2013/2014 revealed that approximately 62% of employees surveyed plan to leave their current job within the next 12 months.

Recruitment consultancy firm Michael Page expects staff turnover in the next 12 months to reach 45%. According to the survey, approximately 70% of employers predict that their sales staff will leave the company in the next year. Directors of technology (69%) and marketing departments (64%) are also concerned about staff turnover in 2014.

Similar results were reported by recruitment firm Hudson, with 73% of employees surveyed responding that they will quit their job this year. The primary cause being dissatisfaction with their managers, their pay, or having an unclear career path. More than half (54%) of those leaving their job this year plan to do so in the next six months.      


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