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Men versus women: Expectations and aspirations

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Polling nearly 6,000 job seekers across 20 industries in Hong Kong, jobsDB’s latest study “Laws of Attraction” reveals the key difference between female and male employees.


Salary, compensation and benefits continue to be the most important factor for Hongkongers considering new jobs, followed by work-life balance and career development opportunities.

Potential candidates are expecting an average pay rise of 23%, with the consideration of the low unemployment rate. Work-life balance is especially important for those working in education and training (15.1%), while accounting/audit/tax (14.3%) are the most eager for work-life balance.

Meanwhile, 43.8% of respondents think they receive overtime pay or days in lieu for overtime work, while 32.7% think regular working hours without overtime work is a key for them feeling satisfied in their role.

About 60% believe that public holidays (59.6%) and a five-day work week (59%) are the most essential for an ideal workplace.

Regarding working shifts, more than half of the respondents will not consider the job if shift work is required.

Meanwhile, 30.7% will decline an offer if it involves frequent business travel. In fact, local employees are less likely to choose jobs that are based outside of Hong Kong.

More than half (52.4%) of respondents are reluctant to be based in Southern China (including the Greater Bay Area) or other commercial cities (55.2%) in Mainland China, and 32.1% do not want to stay overseas.

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