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Living in China: Shanghai takes steps to curb talent drain, price hikes

Shanghai will carry out new policies to create a better work and living environment to retain non-local professionals, including expats, and to stabilize the growth of consumer prices, the Shanghai’s Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng told a meeting in town recently […]

Shanghai will carry out new policies to create a better work and living environment to retain non-local professionals, including expats, and to stabilize the growth of consumer prices, the Shanghai’s Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng told a meeting in town recently.

These new initiatives are crucial to Shanghai’s goals on economic restructuring and development as well as to ensure social stability, Yu stressed at the two-day plenary session of the Party’s Shanghai Committee, which concluded recently.

The city’s top leaders said Shanghai is experiencing a brain drain, losing its needed professionals in various industries, mainly because of the rocketing local living expenses.

The difficulty of affordable housing for young professionals is the biggest obstacle to Shanghai realizing its restructuring goals, said Mayor Han Zheng at the same meeting.

He said that some high-end technology and research industries are being especially hard hit. Many of their talented young workers from overseas are leaving to work where they can get good pay and pleasant, lower-cost housing

via Shanghai seeks to improve living conditions to retain workers – People’s Daily Online.

By Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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