Feb 25, 2021 07:55 PM

SOEs Urged to Offer Bigger Bucks to Get High-End Tech Talent

SASAC Director Hao Peng. Photo: VCG
SASAC Director Hao Peng. Photo: VCG

Beijing is poised to embark on new initiatives to support more technology research and development by state-owned enterprises (SOE), including attracting high-end talent, as it continues to push ahead with SOE reforms.

Hao Peng, chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), said at a briefing (link in Chinese) Tuesday that centrally administered SOEs should adopt more incentives to attract high-end technology talent to encourage innovation.

Specifically, central SOEs should set aside special salary quotas for key R&D teams and introduce equity and bonus incentive programs, Hao said. That means the salary quotas for such key R&D employees would not be limited to the company-wide salary allocation.

“This could give researchers more autonomy and more room for testing errors, helping them to dismiss concerns and concentrate on their research,” Hao said.

The SASAC’s strategy is part of a drive to improve the R&D innovation capabilities of major state-owned enterprises and is integral to ongoing SOE reforms. Also, adjusting the distribution of state-owned capital has always been one of SASAC’s focuses.

Peng Huagang, secretary general of SASAC, said at the Tuesday briefing the ministerial-level organization would help central SOEs to optimize and adjust state-owned capital distribution in line with marketization.

In the next five years, more state-owned capital will be allocated to areas such as national defense, energy, food supply, new infrastructure, and industry supply chains, among others, according to SASAC.

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