Find a Job in China 2021/2022: Companies Hiring Foreigners in China

Are you wondering how to find a job in China? There are thousands of Chinese companies looking to hire international talent, and hundreds more foreign companies based in China. 

Your experience in a Chinese university, language abilities, international work experience, and cross-cultural communication skills can all make you a desirable candidate.

To start looking for a job in China, read on: we have plenty of resources and guides to help you.

Do I need to know Chinese before working at a company in China?

Not necessarily! Chinese language proficiency may not be a job requirement. BUT, knowing Chinese can help you immensely in your job search. Hiring managers will see that you are committed to and understand the local markets, and it is a HUGE asset for them to know you can talk with Chinese colleagues and business partners. If your Chinese is quite good, you can also apply for jobs in Chinese-speaking firms, doubling the places you can look for a new career.

To sum up, knowing Chinese will help you qualify for more jobs, impress recruiters, and have more career advancement opportunities.

If you want to start learning business Chinese to help you find a job in China, check out our dozens of online course options here.

How can I get an internship in China?

If you want to know about finding an internship with a Chinese company, read our guide here

Where can I look to find a job in China?

You may use sites like LinkedIn, eChina Careers, eChinaCities, Laowai Career, and SmartShanghai to find open positions. Scroll down to see our own curated list.

In China, personal connections and chat groups are your best friend when looking for a job. Join job search WeChat groups for even more options. 

How do I sign an employment contract with a Chinese company?

Read our guide here

Can I work in China as a student?

Short answer: Only as an intern. 

Long answer: If you come to China on a work visa, you are not allowed to take university classes as a student. If you come to China on a student visa, you are only allowed to intern (which may be paid), NOT work full-time. For more information about how you can intern as a student, check our guide here.

How do I get a work visa?

The work visa will need to be negotiated with your company after you are hired. Because of Covid-19 travel restrictions, this process may be more complicated. Check with the Chinese embassy in your country, hiring manager, or recruiter if you will need a work visa to enter China.

The visa types:

  • Z-visas are issued to foreigners who are going to China for a paid job offer or to undertake commercial entertainment performances in China, the most appropriate visas for full-time work with a Chinese company.
  • F-visas are issued to a foreign citizen who is invited to China for a visit, research, lecture, business, exchanges in the fields of science, technology or culture, advanced study, for a period of no more than 6 months.
  • M Visa is issued to those who are going to China for commercial and trade activities (i.e. attending trade fairs, visiting factories, and other short-term business trips).
  • L-visas (Tourist) are strictly for tourism and should not be used for work/internships.
  • X-visas (Student), especially long-term ones, are the most appropriate visas for internships.
  • S-visas are for internships in certain high-tech zones.

If you are a student, check out our Covid & Online Classes Update as well as our Global Admissions Tracker.

Find a Job in China 2021/2022

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Companies Hiring Foreigners in China 2021/2022 

Check out our list of companies here. 

Note: this list is not exhaustive as companies constantly update their job postings. But it is a good starting point for job-hunters!

Technology/Internet/Social Media/E-commerce
PR/Consultancy/Human Resources/Consumer Goods


Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below.

Savannah Billman has a master's degree in Chinese Law and Society at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. She holds a B.A. from NYU Shanghai and has also written for The World of Chinese, TechNode, SupChina, and Sixth Tone.
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