CV research/analysis on CICC website database

23 July 2010

CV research/analysis
on CICC web-site database

A recent research on CVs (curriculum vitae) registered on the new CICC web-site database ( has lead to collect some useful information on candidate profiles - fresh young graduates or broad job-experienced workers - wishing either to join the job marketplace or improve their own actual employment situation.


The aquired information is related to a reference group sample of 2,224 CVs stored in the database from January 2008 to June 2010, including male and female applicants, mainly Italian and Chinese nationals, and a few other nationalities.


The research is mainly focused on the following four macro-areas:

  • age and sex;

  • qualifications;

  • job;

  • place of destination.


The first and most significant piece of information is expressed by the unexpected balance between the number of men and women applicants, respectively 1,116 and 1,108 CVs, circulating on the CICC database.


The average age shows a major difference: 30.75 years for men and 26.98 years for women, meaning that the latter group probably has accumulated less working experience.


Considering the average age on the basis of citizenship and intersecting the data with the number of years of working experience, we notice that Chinese candidates face the working world much in advance than compared with Italian candidates and candidates from the rest of the world. The obtained results show that the average age of Italian candidates is 29 years of age, with an average work experience of 5 years; the ones belonging to the rest of the world is 31.4 years of age, with a work experience of 7.2 years; while Chinese candidates are 27.4 years old on average, with a work experience of 4.6 years. The final result leads us to believe that Chinese people usually face the working world at 22.8 years old.


Following a cross-check of data between the macro-area of sex and the candidates sector of origin, it appears that women are usually employed in sectors such as travel and tourism, import-export and public relations; while men operate mostly in the sectors of electronics, engineering, F&B, and heavy industry.


With regards to the section of “future employment desires in China” the analysis underlined a specific interest among candidates, who mostly wanted to be located in cities such as Shanghai (40.3%), Beijing (30.1%), Guangdong Province (7.9%), Hong Kong (2.7%), and Tianjin (1.3%).

Concerning the qualifications specified on relevant CVs, most of the candidates majored in Economic Studies (29.01%) and Sinology (25.77%). However, it is important to remark the diversification of qualifications in the past few years, reaching a number of mainly 19 types of majors, such as Engineering, Political Science, Law, Journalism, Architecture and Bio-medical Science.


Furthermore, the analysis of the CICC database enables us to examine the areas relevant to Italian citizens resident in China and Chinese citizens resident in Italy. The Cross-check of these data reveals that Italian citizens resident in China represent just a small part of the candidates (15.30%). Among the graduates in Sinology Studies the most common employment is Assistant (24.5%); the graduates in Economic Studies are engaged in Masters or PhD (13,24%), but, if dynamic workers, they are usually employed as Managers (8,82%) or Consultants (10,28%).


The Italian Citizens with residence in Italy represent the majority (1,307 of 1,634): their educational qualifications mainly focus on the area of Linguistics (31.60% with a knowledge of Chinese Language inferior compared with the ones Italians who live in China), on Economic Studies (27,20%) and Engineering Studies (11.20%).

From the above analysis we find out how Italian candidates resident abroad use the service offered by CICC as a means to approach and possibly enter the Chinese job market.


Concerning Chinese citizens with residence in Italy (18.97% above the total - 85 candidates), we notice that over 57% of them are native speakers or have a fluent level of the language. Around 40% of the Italians who live in China do not speak the national language or only master a basic level of it. This result underlines the presence, in our Country, of an increasing number of Italian born Chinese (IbC) or naturalized citizens and the increasing interest in the study of Italian language, as shown by the 10.9% of graduates in foreign Western languages.

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