White, Geoff; Druker, Janet; Luk, Vivienne; Chiu, Randy
April 1999
International Journal of Employment Studies;Apr1999, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p53
Academic Journal
It has been argued that the globalisation of business and the effects of technological change have encouraged the convergence of human resource practices (Kerr et al., 1960; Sparrow et al., 1995). One such case is Hong Kong, which became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from July 1997, strengthening its links with neighbouring Guangdong province. This article compares pay policies and wage determination within the two areas and explores changes which provide evidence of convergence of labour markets and employer practice more generally. Hong Kong and Guangdong had very different experiences prior to 1997. Our research suggests that today, however, despite some important contrasts between the two locations, there are growing similarities between some aspects of pay policy and wage determination. These point to an element of convergence, or at least regional integration, within the South China region.


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