SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Samsung is the most popular employer of choice for young Chinese adults, according to the results of a survey carried out by the Shanghai branch of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) last December.
The answers given on the survey, which asked questions about working for South Korean companies, often varied based on the nationality and ethnicity of the respondent.
A total of 262 jobseekers participated, with 155 and 24 identified as Chinese and Korean-Chinese, respectively. The remaining 73 were of South Korean nationality.
South Korean conglomerates Samsung, LG and CJ were the most frequently named firms by Chinese and Korean-Chinese respondents when asked to choose the company they would most like to work for.
In contrast, the order of popularity for South Koreans was CJ first and LG second, with Samsung ranking last.
A higher percentage of Chinese respondents (12.8 percent) were amenable to working for Lotte than either Korean-Chinese (5.7) or South Koreans (6.0 percent). An operator of supermarket franchises and department stores, Lotte’s business operations in China stagnated after the company became a target of the Chinese government, allegedly for its role in agreeing to the installation of U.S. THAAD missile systems on its property in South Korea.
Based on this result, the KITA Shanghai branch said South Korean and Korean-Chinese’ fears regarding Lotte’s fate appear to outweigh any hostility that the Chinese hold towards the conglomerate.
When asked whether the geopolitical dispute and cool tensions between China and South Korea had influenced their desire to work at a South Korean firm, 83.6 percent of South Koreans said yes, while only 66.7 percent of Korean-Chinese and 57.4 percent of Chinese replied likewise.
Marketing and sales with 46.4 percent of all answers were the most popular job categories among the respondents. Regarding salary, a leading 29 percent preferred monthly wages of at least 10,000 yuan. Of the 29 percent, 76.3 percent were South Korean, 18.4 percent were Chinese and 5.3 percent were Korean-Chinese.