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MNCs and money spark candidate interest, Hays Quarterly Report

Updated: 01 Mar 2014

More candidates are now interested in working for multinational companies but money is still the motivating factor in changing jobs, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report.


The Report, which is out now and covers January to March 2013, aims to highlight skills hot spots while revealing some interesting candidate and employer trends.


Candidates in general are still predominantly motivated by money when making the decision to change jobs,” says Marc Burrage, Regional Director of Hays in Hong Kong.


“Some candidates, particularly those in the construction industry, have high expectations of salaries, with most actively searching for new opportunities in an attempt to significantly increase their remuneration.


“Meanwhile, more and more candidates are keen to work for multinational companies and will consider new opportunities within this space.


Marc says there are also a growing number of overseas and China-based candidates interested in work in Hong Kong. 


“We have seen this particularly in the insurance market but we have also seen foreign-based and qualified lawyers looking to enter the Hong Kong legal market,” says Marc.


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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