For SME's finding good local staff can be a challenge. Junior level staff tend to change employers frequently. Don't be surprised if you see CV's with employment history with just a few months in any one position. The level of spoken English and arguably its understanding and interpretation can vary a lot. As you move up the level of seniority it becomes less of a problem, but still a key consideration. Also a lack of initiative or desire to develop skills and the ability to admit a mistake or ask how to do something. It's considered a weakness that could affect their career development and salary negotiations. The best balance in our opinion is to employ those who have been employed or studies abroad, they have a different approach to work. Depending on where you're company is located abroad be aware of the following. Those who have worked for a local company may work Monday to Friday and a half day on Saturday every other week without specified hours. Although more companies and Government Departments are moving towards a five day week. Hong Kong has more than average Public Holidays throughout the year. Annual leave will most likely be ten days a year. They will expect a one month salary bonus for Chinese New Year. Generally referred to as 13th month bonus for CNY. Some employers give travel and lunch concessions too, but by no means all. Paid sick leave is minimal and most employers require a certificate that requires a visit to the Doctor. Overseas Nations who have lived and worked for seven years or over will claim "Right of Abode" or what is generally referred to as "Permanent Residency" Their Hong Kong ID card will have an "A" code on the front. They are free of immigration control and do not require any employment visa.