Frank Mulligan's Blog (16)

Completely Missing the Point (China)

It has been around for decades, and is conducted using a well-defined and validated methodology.

So It’s such a pity that the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS) survey completely misses the point for China.

The study is infused with cautious optimism, and everything is ‘positive’ or at least ’steady’. Phrases like ‘considerable year-over-year improvement’ are used to create the… Continue

Added by Frank Mulligan on November 1, 2008 at 1:23am — No Comments

Justifiable Hiring Optimism?

It’s difficult to put your best foot forward when your China hiring report is released as major financial institutions have just gone into a major meltdown.

Such is life.

Of course, the Hudson Report for July to September 2008 is as deep and accurate as you would normally expect from them. We just have to adjust many of the results downwards.

The trends should be much the same as in the report but the optimism is much less warranted. 2009 looks like a bit of a… Continue

Added by Frank Mulligan on October 6, 2008 at 11:23am — No Comments

China Earthquake - Ways to help

(This post is not related to the issue of recruiting but sometimes you just have to respond. I have been asked by a few people for some context that would help them understand the situation on the ground in Sichuan, on the basis that I am at least nearer. But I doubt my ability to even begin to describe what is happening.

Others have asked how they can help. This I can do (see list below). )

Sichuan Earthquake

Here on the well-off East Coast… Continue

Added by Frank Mulligan on May 20, 2008 at 5:50am — No Comments

Googletopia - You Really Need to Work Here!

It started out two years ago with a viral email that was sent around China showing pictures of the Google offices in Beijing.

They looked pretty much like this first set below. No one is sure who sent the original email but it did a better job of building a Recruitment Brand than all the initiatives that internal HR is likely to have taken in Google China over the past few years.

A conspiracy theory approach would… Continue

Added by Frank Mulligan on April 24, 2008 at 10:43am — No Comments

China on the Rise - A Visual Take

From a hiring perspective you could just as easily be watching the rise of salaries in China, but if you want a visual illustration as to why the War for Talent in China is so difficult to win, this video comparison of exports in Asia over the past 14 years is just the ticket.

You can actually see China rising up like a Goliath, and dwarfing the other countries in the region.

This export increase is mirrored by the rise in… Continue

Added by Frank Mulligan on April 21, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

China Soft Landing - End of Low-Tech Jobs?

The World Bank just issued a report that signals continued good times for 3rd party recruitment companies, with some possible relief for hiring departments, and an ongoing challenge in retention.

The World Bank never uses the expression soft landing but that is essentially what they are suggesting. This is good for 3rd party recruitment companies because the skills demand continues, but at only a slightly reduced level. The uncertain economic… Continue

Added by Frank Mulligan on February 25, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

Mandated Salary Increases Considered in China

FORECAST: Looming clouds on the horizon in China with definite signs of wet weather, and not even the remotest connection to the presence of bears.

This is self-inflicted rain.

The Chinese Ministry of Labor and Social Security is apparently working on a new law that encourages employers to pay higher salaries. It has not been announced as specifically mandatory, with compulsion for employers, but the fact of it’s consideration is problematic, to say the…


Added by Frank Mulligan on January 24, 2008 at 4:51am — No Comments

Lewisian Turning Point for China

Recently there has been much talk in…


Added by Frank Mulligan on January 14, 2008 at 7:14am — No Comments

'Emerging Adults' - The New Challenge

In a study that will be published in the Journal of Family Psychology, researchers have just discovered that 80 percent of parents in the US do not consider their 18-25 year-old college students to be adults. At least in the group of people they surveyed.

Strangely enough the students had the maturity to agree with their parents assessment, so that’s a start.

The conclusion of the study was…


Added by Frank Mulligan on January 10, 2008 at 4:34am — No Comments

Specifics for China in 2008

A lack of specificity is not something I am normally accused of.

But recently I had a conversation with someone who asked for much more, specifics that is. So here is a bullet-point-specific-article on China, and about what you can expect to see if you have to come here to do HR or recruitment in 2008. It might get you up to speed quicker than a narrative.

If you are from China it might give you some perspective on what…


Added by Frank Mulligan on January 3, 2008 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Narratives Can Solve Your Skills Gap



Added by Frank Mulligan on December 9, 2007 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Technology for Country Folk

As Grandma used to say ‘Idle hands beget the devil’s work’. Someone below clearly has too much time on their hands. The full image is here.

But it has to be said it’s funny … unless you are from the backwoods and take offence easily.…

country technology.jpg


Added by Frank Mulligan on December 8, 2007 at 10:29pm — No Comments

China All The Rage - And It's All Hiring

As of writing China is all the rage in the world’s

media, and much of the focus is on the shortage of

skills here.

The New York Times frets about…


Added by Frank Mulligan on August 30, 2007 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Hiring Lull in China

As of writing, the hiring process in China is slowing a little as expatriate managers from multinational companies begin to take their summer holidays. With many decision makers out of town the slowdown will continue until September, when school starts.

Many of the positions that arose after the Chinese New Year bonuses were…


Added by Frank Mulligan on July 23, 2007 at 11:07am — No Comments

HR Technology Productivity

Over 20 years ago I started my career as an Engineer in the newly emerging IT business, and yes, it was pre-IBM PC.

For many years I listened to reports telling me that the introduction of computers was not having any effect on staff productivity. Pah!, I thought, showing my age. If I was younger I would probably say, Meh!.

Back in the dark ages just before the dawn of the PC I…


Added by Frank Mulligan on July 9, 2007 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Blog Promotion

Given that this is an online community about recruiting blogs, we must all have a blog, or at least be considering one. So we must be interested in promoting these blogs, and increasing our Page Rank.

Over on ERE I put forward the idea of using a Wiki (style) process to generate a Definitive Document, in this case for Hiring in China. See…

Added by Frank Mulligan on April 29, 2007 at 11:21am — 1 Comment


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