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Chongming to offer top salary for world talent

    Top talent can receive up to 1 million yuan (US$154,000) in subsidies if they join Chongming District’s efforts to build a world-class ecological island, according to the latest talent attraction policies released by the district.

    Under the new plan, Chongming will strive to attract 10 “top-notch” professionals in five years. It also aims to attract a total of 84,000 talent in five years. There were 62,700 people employed as “talent” in Chongming by 2015, accounting for 9.22 percent of the local population, far below citywide average proportion of 30.86 percent.

    The new policies are based on a strategy to build an ecological island and improve environmental quality.

    “Top-notch” talent who spend at least one month a year in Chongming on guiding or serving construction of ecological island will be granted up to 1 million yuan, while leading talents will receive 500,000 yuan. They will be provided with high-end apartments and receive 2 million yuan to 4 million yuan for housing purchase after they live and work in Chongming for five years.

    Leading talent introduced via national or Shanghai’s “Thousand Talent Programs” into areas related to the world-class ecological island construction strategy will be divided into two categories: “innovation” and “startup.” They can receive sponsorship, housing subsides and other financial support up to 5 million yuan.

    Each talent who bring technologies, programs or teams to Chongming will receive up to 300,000 yuan in sponsorship in three years, while the fund will go up to 600,000 yuan for teams. Startups will also receive up to 1 million yuan and enjoy free workspace or get 30,000 yuan to rent a workplace.

    The district will explore ways to set up workstations for academicians and postdoctoral researchers in local enterprises and subsidize them to the tune of 500,000 yuan and 300,000 yuan, respectively.

    High-level talent employed in key areas, including agriculture, education, health, culture, sport, finance, tourism, construction and environmental protection, will also receive a total of 200,000 yuan of subsidies for house rent and living expenses.

    It will also encourage native students to return home after graduating and provide subsidies after they work in the district for five years, ranging from 60,000 to 150,000 yuan.