Recruitment firm Randstad released Tuesday its annual employer brand research report that spoke to 4,295 Hongkongers between the ages of 18 and 65. It provides insights into employees' and job seekers' career motivations to inform employers of their talent attraction and retention strategies.
According to the research, Six in 10 Hongkongers ranked 'attractive salary and benefits' as the most important employee value proposition driver from their ideal employer. This is closely followed by 'work-life balance'. The gap between these two drivers has narrowed to just one percentage point this year. Furthermore, employees' expectations on "salary and benefits‟ increased 6% compared to last year to 60% in 2018.
“Our research has confirmed the rising importance of enabling better work-life balance for employees and promoting these initiatives and policies to attract talent. With Hongkongers placing near equal value on „work-life balance‟ as they do on „attractive salary and benefits‟, it is critical that companies offer progressive work-life balance policies that strongly resonate with employees," said Natellie Sun, managing director at Randstad Hong Kong. "Employers that understand how they can support their employees to achieve a better quality of life in a holistic manner will become more attractive companies to work for, with leading companies already offering flexi-work arrangements, family-friendly leave policies, childcare services and gym memberships, just to name a few examples.”
The top five reasons why employers are planning to leave this year are:
- Limited career path (41%)
- Work-life balance issues (35%)
- Insufficient compensation (34%)
- Insufficient challenges (33%)
- Lack of recognition or award (28%)
The most popular and attractive sectors to work for in Hong Kong are energy, transportation and banking and financial services.