BEIJING, Sept. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Zhaopin Limited (NYSE: ZPIN) ("Zhaopin" or the "Company"), a leading career platform in China focused on connecting users with relevant job opportunities through their career lifecycle, announced the Top 100 companies nominated for "China Best Employer Award 2017".
Among this year's Top 100 Employers, 25% were from IT/telecom/electronics/internet sector, 20% from manufacturing/processing sector and 18% from trade/wholesale/retail/leasing sector. The Top 100 Employers were selected from 17,554 nominated companies, representing an increase of 80% from last year. More than 24.3 million online votes were cast by employees nationwide, which was six times of last year's total votes.
The "China Best Employer Award" was launched by Zhaopin in 2005, and has become the most influential and prestigious employer brand event for both China-based and multinational companies. The "Oscar" of the human resources industry in China, the award is both a valuable reference for job seekers, and an important way for local and international employers to measure themselves and their work environment against the best in the industry.
"The employment relationship in China has undergone profound changes with the transformation of China's economy," said Mr. Evan Guo, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Zhaopin. "In 2015, we identified the trend and defined the 'new employer economy' in which equality and cooperation had replaced the old controlling relationship. This new employer economy has continued to evolve, driven by the digital revolution."
In China's labor market, digital natives have become the mainstream, with shared values of openness, freedom, equality, sharing, transparency and diversity.
"This year's Top 100 Employers have been adapting to the trend and are making efforts to build a new relationship between individuals and organizations," Guo added. "These companies have developed more efficient and flexible organizational structures to interact with and empower employees to drive win-win growth for both employees and employers."
In this year's nominations, 37% of candidate companies were from emerging first-tier cities. With the fast growth of emerging first-tier cities, companies in these cities were trying to attract more talents to improve competitiveness. Companies with fewer than 100 employees accounted for 41% of total nominations this year. These small companies were participating to learn from industry best practices, and to build up their brands.
Zhaopin also found that this year employees were less loyal to their employers and were changing their jobs more frequently. About 36% of employees had been with their current job for less than one year, and only 4% of employees had been working for the same company for over 10 years. It is still a great challenge for employers to attract and retain employees.
This year's award selection was based on professional evaluation by a jury committee and public online voting by employees and job seekers. The jury committee consists of academic professionals, employment specialists, senior media reporters and third-party consultants. The professional evaluation focused on employer image, management, salary and benefits, growth and training, work environment and company culture. A jury team of 1,000 HR professionals reviewed the nominations made by the public.
2017 Top 100 Employers in China
About Zhaopin Limited
Zhaopin is a leading career platform in China, focusing on connecting users with relevant job opportunities throughout their career lifecycle. The Company's zhaopin.com website is the most popular career platform in China as measured by average daily unique visitors in each of the 12 months ended June 30, 2017, number of registered users as of June 30, 2017 and number of unique customers for the three months ended June 30, 2017. The Company's over 140.0 million registered users include diverse and educated job seekers who are at various stages of their careers and are in demand by employers as a result of the general shortage of skilled and educated workers in China. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, approximately 49.3 million job postings were placed on Zhaopin's platform by 613,083 unique customers including multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and state-owned entities. The quality and quantity of Zhaopin's users and the resumes in the Company's database attract an increasing number of customers. This in turn leads to more users turning to Zhaopin as their primary recruitment and career- related services provider, creating strong network effects and significant entry barriers for potential competitors. For more information, please visit http://www.zhaopin.com.
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 Zhaopin's website is the most popular career platform in China as measured by average daily unique visitors in each of the 12 months ended June 30, 2017, the number of registered users as of June 30, 2017 and the number of unique customers for the three months ended June 30, 2017.
 A "unique customer" refers to a customer that purchases the Company's online recruitment services during a specified period. Zhaopin makes adjustments for multiple purchases by the same customer to avoid double counting. Each customer is assigned a unique identification number in the Company's information management system. Affiliates and branches of a given customer may, under certain circumstances, be counted as separate unique customers.
 Zhaopin calculates the number of job postings by counting the number of newly placed job postings during each respective period. Job postings that were placed prior to a specified period - even if available during such period - are not counted as job postings for such period. Any particular job posting placed on the Company's website may include more than one job opening or position.
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Ms. Daisy Wang
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