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Q: How hard is it for foriegners to get a mid / senior IT job in Beijing if they can't speak Mandarin?

I am seeking to move to Beijing shortly, after my Chinese partner has secured a job there. I am a senior IT consultant working for many Australian government organizations with over 5 years experience. What are my chances of securing I job with a local state or government owned organization in Beijing? or am I better off targeting foreign owned companies? I have University level qualifications and IT certifications too.

7 years 18 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - Beijing

 
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You would be better off focusing on foreign owned companies. Local or government owned companies would probably not consider you as an employee.

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There's an EA office in Beijing that is about half staffed by foreigners. However I think that they are sent to the office via their branches at home. None of them speak Mandarin, they are there to train and to help out with work on game designing. 

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I am in IT myself and I find it rather hard to get a job in IT in China.

The easiest is probably to get some online job. I am currently doing some freelance which doesn't require my physical presence, but I am actively looking for a job in China.

The foreign companies here will for sure be the easiest to get a job in.

I spoke to the boss in a Chinese company and he asked me directly "Why should we hire a foreigner?". It will be very hard to convince them that foreigners actually work more independently and more efficient. At least foreigners from Europe, since I don't know where you're from Smile

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