Conclusion

The hiring intention for coming the three months is expected to be the same as 2014 Q1(64%), while the percentage of employers who intend to freeze head count dropped by 5% (from 17% to 12%). Among all the respondents, 55% expect that the employment market in 2015 will be about the same as 2014. This may explain why the hiring intention remains unchanged. Another 20% of surveyed companies have no hiring plan yet.

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In 2015, 90% of surveyed employers plan to offer a pay rise (78% in 2014) and the average salary adjustment is 4.0% (3.8 % in 2014). Performance bonus is provided by 77% of employers and the average bonus size is 1.4 months of basic salary (1.6 months in 2014). 56% of surveyed companies provided guaranteed double pay to employees.

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In 2014, surveyed companies provided 14.3 days annual leave to their employees on average. Other common types of leave include marriage leave (78%), compassionate leave (75%) and paternity leave (42%), all of these see a slight increase when compared with last year’s results. Paternity leave is remarkably getting more popular among special leaves provided by employers.

Most of the surveyed employers are willing to provide some basic benefits such as health insurance, while flexible working hour and family-friendly benefits are still not very common. As there is an increasing concern for work-life balance, employers should further explore the possibility of introducing such benefits.

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