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Web security skills needed to ward off cyber threats in Hong Kong

Updated: 29 Jul 2014


As Hong Kong becomes more cautious about the threat of cyber attacks demand for candidates with strong skills in web security is increasing, says recruiting expert Hays.   


In its latest Hays Quarterly Report, the recruiter notes that there is strong demand for Software Developers and Web Security professionals as organisations look to enhance their security.


“Large to medium enterprises are experiencing a growing number of cyber attacks that can potentially impact their growth and image,” says Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays in Asia. “To counter these attacks many companies are looking to upgrade their web applications and improve their web security by improving firewall security and using technical skills such as Check Point. This is creating high demand for Security Architects.”


But it’s not just web security skills that are in demand. Also topping the list of IT jobs in demand are Front-End Developers, IT Relationship Managers, Java Developers and Project Managers with Agile skills.


There are currently many opportunities for Front-End Developers in Hong Kong due to the increase in software development jobs,” says Christine. “Companies are working on new projects and initiatives to drive business growth, and they are looking to front-end developers to provide new solutions for increasing efficiency in the front office. The technical skills required include HTML, CSS and Javascript.


“IT Relationship Managers are also in demand as IT jobs are being moved offshore. Companies require relations specialists to manage inter-business activities and make sure technical difficulties are translated and easy to understand.”


According to the recruiter, the need for Java Developers is still ever-present within the technology sector as the programming language is the most used for providing solutions, design, upgrades and migration projects. “Candidates who have strong knowledge and experience in Java coding and framework design have a strong chance of finding opportunities in the local market,” says Christine.


“The local market also needs Project Managers with Agile experience as these professionals can increase revenue and improve cost-control. Employers are ideally looking for Project Managers who know key Agile development principles and have strong experience in the project development lifecycle.


“There has been a steady flow of software development candidates looking to change to more reputable MNC companies or follow a career into the banking and financial services industry. However, there is a shortage of candidates who have the specialist skills in security as most companies are trying to retain their services to enhance their own security projects,” she said.


For more insights on the skills in demand, see our Hays Quarterly Report.


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