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Are these as much of a thing as they used to be? I’m talking about the well paid (accommodation included) packages for Western professionals to go and work in China.

i would have thought as the local workforce is increasingly educated - and cheaper - that these are starting to disappear?

Do people in China still have friends or people they know on these kinds of packages? I remember meeting an Italian guy who was making effectively 70,000 Euros a year, tax-free, and had his accommodation paid too - for essentially working as an electrical engineer in a factory in a 3rd tier city. I just can't imagine companies are making those offers anymore?

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vellocet

70k isn't that great for an electrical engineer.  He still gets to pay his Chinese taxes on that.  

 

In answer to your question, no, expat packages still exist, but nothing like they used to be.  China used to be a real hardship posting, and you had to kick people to get them to agree to live there for a year or three.  Now, with Beijing/Shanghai basically just like back home, it's not so much of a hardship post.  

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"Now, with Beijing/Shanghai basically just like back home . . . "

 

Hardly. Hardly at all. China remains an exceptionally alienating place for the average expat, without a special interest in China.

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ChTTay
24 minutes ago, 889 said:

without a special interest in China.

I know someone who is here just for the money and is leaving Beijing for it being “too Chinese” 🙄😆

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imron
7 hours ago, vellocet said:

Now, with Beijing/Shanghai basically just like back home,

Fact check: False

 

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