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Q: Good starting salary in Shenzhen?

Dear All,

 

I have an interview soon for a company based in Shenzhen.

My prospective employer wants me to make an offering on my expected salary.

The role is as a Sales Manager for a IT and E Commerce service provider operating in many cities across greater China.

What do you guys suggest for an acceptable base salary for British graduate with a good science degree in Shenzhen?

 

Thank you all!

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3 years 19 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - Shenzhen

 
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I'd throw this back on your prospective employer and ask what they pay someone else in this or a similar role.

You are being put at an immediate disadvantage with this question and it is not a good way to start if this is your first time to be working in China.

They are just looking for the cheapest employee rather than the best, and will most likely use whatever figure you give as an excuse not to employ you.

 

Sorry to sound negative, but this is how many Chinese businesses operate.

You would want to be getting a good salary if it is a Chinese owned company as you will have to put up with a lot of BS that you would not get as a graduate in Britain.

 

I would also prepare well with detailed questions about work conditions, hours and responsibilities as you can never assume that there is any employee protection that you would get in Europe.

Don't accept being BS'ed or vague or fudging answers.

If they are not up-front about things, expect to be fecked over.

 

Good luck !

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I'd throw this back on your prospective employer and ask what they pay someone else in this or a similar role.

You are being put at an immediate disadvantage with this question and it is not a good way to start if this is your first time to be working in China.

They are just looking for the cheapest employee rather than the best, and will most likely use whatever figure you give as an excuse not to employ you.

 

Sorry to sound negative, but this is how many Chinese businesses operate.

You would want to be getting a good salary if it is a Chinese owned company as you will have to put up with a lot of BS that you would not get as a graduate in Britain.

 

I would also prepare well with detailed questions about work conditions, hours and responsibilities as you can never assume that there is any employee protection that you would get in Europe.

Don't accept being BS'ed or vague or fudging answers.

If they are not up-front about things, expect to be fecked over.

 

Good luck !

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18k a month with accomodation would be a starting point depending on experience.

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Just as important as the salary.....can they legally employ you? Can they get you a Z-visa/work permit?

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Shenzhen is not cheap. Housing prices are high. The wife told me last week that SZ housing costs are equal to HK now. But there will still be cheaper places to live.

Starting salary depends on your experience. Sales manager, I would suggest 45k quid a year as a good starting point. It all depends on where you are selling to, who you have to negotiate with, and what you are selling.

If it is a western company, ask for a western wage. If it is Tencent, ask for $150k a year. If it is a Chinese company and you are the only western employee, do some research on UK job websites and find the going rate for the job and the experience you have. Then ask for that. Start high.

I made the mistake of underselling myself in China. Take it from me, start high.

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Thanks for the answers so far guys!

Some answers have referred to my experience level.

To clarify I am a fresh graduate!

In this field I have zero experience other than volunteering work.

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Get a job in science! pays a lot better. Or go to Hong Kong where you can be making $3,000 or even $4,000 a month if you're lucky enough. As for Shenzhen... try to aim for something around 20,000 RMB a month (imo).

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