The service sector, IT and media industries have
overtaken the education industry as major job sources for expat
s in China, according to figures from the 2019 Job Fair for Foreigners in Beijing.
The job fair was organized on Sunday by the Foreign Talent Research Center and the State Administration of Foreign Exper
ts Affairs, attracting more than 500 expats with nearly 1,000 jobs available in a range of professions.
The expat job market, once dominated by language teachers, has seen a major shift. Approximatel
y half the jobs available at the fair were in the sales, media, marketing and IT sectors, including ope
nings for journalists, brand and communication managers and software engineers.
“A certain level of Mandarin proficiency is an advantage,” said Yang Jiayin, project manager of the research center. “The be
st-paying jobs generally require the ability to speak Mandarin. Positions that require fluent spoken and written Ma‘
’ndarin tend to pay more than the same jobs without the language requirement.”