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Hot jobs for 2013

Updated: 01 Mar 2014

Geologists, HR training specialists and Tunnelling Engineers are among the candidates in hottest demand as we welcome 2013, with many employers already starting to action their hiring needs for the year ahead, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report.

According to the Hays Quarterly Report, out now and covering January to March 2013, pockets of shortages for specific skills remain in a number of sectors including HR and engineering.

“However, employers, who recognise candidates may be moving between companies in order to increase their salary are now being very careful with the candidates they select and are not giving in to unrealistic salaries expectations,” says Marc Burrage, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong.

“They would rather spend more time looking for someone stable regardless of how urgently they need to fill a position.

“Employers are also looking for same industry experience when hiring and are reluctant to hire candidates with backgrounds in different sectors. But employers, who remain inflexible in their requirements, including skill base and experience, will continue to miss out on candidates.”

According to the Hays Quarterly Report for January to March 2013, demand is highest for the following skilled professionals:

Hays Accountancy & Finance – Commerce & Industry
• Financial Planners & Analysts
• Business Partner Finance Managers to CFOs
• Business Analysts
• Business Partner Finance Managers and Financial Controllers
• Chief Financial Officers

Hays Accountancy & Finance – Financial Services
• Business Analysts
• Financial Controllers
• Chief Financial Officers

Hays Architecture
• Interior Designers
• Architects
• Landscape Architects
• Project Managers
• General Managers

Hays Banking
• Relationship Managers (front office sales)
• Credit Analysts and Credit Approvers
• Product Specialists
• Product Managers
• Compliance and Due Diligence Managers

Hays Construction
• Programming Engineers
• Project Coordinators
• Tunnelling Engineers
• Geologists
• Grouting Engineers

Hays Finance Technology
• C# UI Developers
• Level 1 to 3 Support
• Application Support
• Data Centre Project Support

Hays Human Resources – Public Sector
• Training Specialist
• Learning and Development Directors and Managers
• HR Manager
• Recruitment Specialists

Hays Information Technology
• Pre Sales Consultants
• Solutions Architects
• Cisco Voice Professionals (All Levels)
• Systems Engineers
• PeopleSoft Consultants
• Project Managers
• Programme Managers
• IT Managers
• Technical Service Managers
• Business Analysts

Hays Insurance
• Financial Reporting and IFRS Specialists
• Auditors
• Underwriters
• Project Managers
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Partnership Distribution

Hays Legal
• Funds and Insurance Lawyers
• Dispute Resolution Lawyers (including regulatory investigations)
• Property & Construction Lawyers
• Corporate / M&A Lawyers
• Projects and Oil & Gas Lawyers (regionally)

Hays Office Professionals
Executive Assistants (8 + Years Experience), Legal Secretaries, Team Assistants (Banking, Trading floor experience), Administration Assistants (Less than 5 years experience) and Receptionists

Hays Property
Facilities Managers, Quantity Surveyor, Project Managers and General Managers.

Hays Sales & Marketing
• Business Development (Legal)
• Account Managers (Telco)
• Communications Managers (Finance)
• Sales/ Business Development Managers (Luxury Retail)
• Director of Sales and Marketing (FMCG & Manufacturing)

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